Girl wrongly recognized with HIV seeks justice, says taking ARVs for six years destroyed her organs

Kiconco along with her husband, Kisoro Musirimu A 37-year-old Ugandan girl, Faridah Kiconco, who acquired HIV therapies for

Kiconco along with her husband, Kisoro Musirimu

A 37-year-old Ugandan girl, Faridah Kiconco, who acquired HIV therapies for six years earlier than discovering she was by no means constructive, has demanded for compensation.


When Kiconco, a resident of Kiziba Parish, Kagango Sub-county in Sheema District, grew to become pregnant in 2011, she sought antenatal companies on the close by Kabwohe Well being Centre IV.

The well being employees suggested her to first do an HIV take a look at, which turned out constructive and he or she was consequently placed on Antiretroviral Remedy (ART). 


“After I was enrolled on ARVs, I didn’t have any well being issues however accepted to take my medicine for my life’s sake,” she informed Each day Monitor. 

On July 11, 2012, she delivered her first born at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital and he or she continued along with her medicine till when she delivered her second little one on August 12, 2017 at Kabwohe Well being Centre IV earlier than creating uncomfortable side effects, a month after giving beginning.


She narrates that her pores and skin turned yellow thereafter, and her main physique organs weren’t functioning usually.


Upon her return to Kabwohe Well being Centre IV the place she was examined once more for HIV, she was referred to Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH) the place she was declared HIV damaging after a medical take a look at. Whereas on the referral hospital, extra checks have been performed and blood samples taken to Kampala.


“Three days later, the (Kabwohe Well being Centre IV in-charge) referred to as me and after studying by way of the outcomes, he declared me HIV damaging,” Ms Kiconco says.

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Ms Kiconco in 2018 filed a case at Mbarara Excessive Courtroom in opposition to the federal government, in search of compensation however the case is but to be heard, 4 years later. 


Her lawyer, Mr Amon Aruho of Mubiru & Aruho Affiliate Advocates, says her consumer suffered bodily and emotionally attributable to consumption of ARVs.


“The ARVs affected her physique organs such because the kidney and liver. We would like her compensated for the damages she has suffered on account of the ARVs,” he claims.


“When this matter had began taking form, Covid-19 got here in and the choose who was listening to the matter, Justice Jane Kiggundu, retired, so the file is awaiting a brand new choose.”

When contacted, Mbarara Excessive Courtroom deputy registrar Samuel Twakyire stated the absence of the choose delayed the listening to of the case.


“Since that case was dropped at court docket, it has by no means been heard and even the present Principal Decide had dismissed it as a result of the events concerned weren’t attending court docket,” he stated.


“It was later reinstated and since then the choose has been absent as a result of she retired and so they haven’t but given us one other choose so I consider that after we get one other choose, it’ll take off,” he added.


Sheema District Performing Well being Officer Kadaraza Edrida says “the case has gone to a different stage and myself I’ve not been concerned however I do know that it’s being dealt with.” 

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The in-charge of Kabwohe Well being Centre IV, Dr Holace Kizito, says: “I simply got here to the power a couple of months in the past so I have no idea a lot about that subject and I used to be not there by the point it occurred so I can’t inform you a lot”