President advises Ugandan youth avoid reckless behaviour

Sunday 9th November 2014
STATE HOUSE/PPU

"In case of failure in self control, use condoms. Go for HIV testing. I encourage pregnant women who may be HIV positive, to seek for drugs that prevent transmission of HIV virus from mother to child while still in the womb."

President Yoweri Museveni has reiterated his call to the youth in particular and Ugandans in general to avoid reckless behaviour that can easily lead them to contracting the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

"Avoid reckless behaviour. AIDS spreads through ways that are well known and can be avoided. The most prominent one is promiscuity," he observed.

The President was this afternoon officially launching at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, the 'Protect the Goal Campaign' that aims at using sports to pass on HIV messages to the youth in order to stop the spread of the scourge.

The campaign that is spearheaded by the President is supported by the government, all United Nations Organizations and the American government.

It is part of the Global HIV Campaign that was first launched in 2010 at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa and recently in Brazil. It targets mainly adolescents and all young people. President Museveni further advised the youth that in case of failure in self control, to use condoms. He counseled Ugandans to go for HIV test and encouraged pregnant women who may be HIV positive, to seek for drugs that prevent transmission of HIV virus from mother to child while still in the womb.

Mr. Museveni also advised HIV positive people to get Antiretroviral (ARVs) that can suppress the virus and make one live longer.

The Launch of 'Protect the Goal Campaign' was characterized by a thrilling curtain-raiser football match between the Cabinet team and that of Members of Parliament. The Cabinet team, whose goal keeper was the Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Jessica Alupo, lost to MPs by 3 goals to nil.

Later, President Museveni, accompanied by the Education Minister Jessica Alupo, State Minister for Health, Sarah Opendi, the Ethiopian Ambassador to Uganda and the United Nations Director Regional Support Team, Eastern and Southern Africa, Professor Sheila TLOU, inspected the Uganda Cranes football team and the Ethiopian National Football team who were tussling it out in their friendly match at Namboole Stadium. Uganda Cranes defeated the Ethiopia side by 3 goals to nil.

 

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