Spiritual Healing Threatening Adherence to Antiretrovirals in Uganda, Official Says
October 2, 2008
Unverified spiritual healing promoted by some churches throughout Uganda is threatening HIV-positive patients' adherence to antiretroviral drugs, Robert Ochai, executive director of The AIDS Support Organisation, said recently during the organization's 17th annual general meeting, Uganda's Monitor reports. According to the Monitor, several Pentecostal churches in the country invite the ill, including those living with HIV/AIDS, to participate in spiritual healing. Some churches promise miracles, sometimes in exchange for the patients' valuables, according to the Monitor.
Speaker of Parliament Edward Ssekandi said the government would allocate funding in the Ministry of Health's budget during the next fiscal year to address the increasing needs of HIV-positive people (Kirunda, Monitor, 9/30).
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