Tororo Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Martin Orochi has advised parents to have all their school-going children tested for HIV instead of wasting resources on them.
Uganda Radio Network quotes Orochi urging parents to take time to talk to their children in every stage they are undergoing.
“Some of the stages your children are going into are very tricky ones more especially those ones going to universities. I don’t know the headmasters how far you have prepared these students with life in the university,” the RDC is quoted as saying.
According to him, the kids are good at home but when they get into the universities, they will be spoilt because the wave that is in the universities is a strong one.
“To me I would even say parents as you are sending our children to school, let us go and test them for HIV to avoid wasting of resources,” the RDC reasoned.
Orochi was presiding over celebrations over a good performance of candidates in last year’s Certificate of Education and Advanced Certificate of Education at Rock High School, Tororo.
He went on: “Because there they go and mess up and then at the end of it all the student graduates and next year, he is dying. Parents have lost students and this is what I always feel I should advise parents.”
As such, he called for a compulsory and routine HIV testing of students prior to their admission in schools and higher institutions of learning.
He says the practice will boost Uganda’s interventions for controlling further spread of the HIV pandemic and improve health outcomes for those who are already infected.
Orochi said because of the loose behaviour in universities, the country has already lost about six Members of Parliament.
Tororo education officer Robinah Jassa told URN the RDC’s comments were discriminatory of those living with HIV/Aids.