Deliverance Church Minister in Soroti, Pastor Job Eliru, has warned People Living with HIV against false religious teaching on healing and instead urged them to adhere to their treatment to stay in good health. Pastor Eliru gave this counsel while presiding as Guest of Honor at TASO Soroti Centre General Meeting (CGM) on Friday 12th August 2016. “You should be very worry of the many false teachings on healing today which have unfortunately lured many of us to abandon our treatment, resulting into deterioration of health and worse death. What you ought to do is to adhere to treatment and counseling you get from your health workers here in TASO”, the man of God said. This issue of false teaching had been highlighted in a report by the Clients’ representative.
The Soroti meeting, held at TASO premises at Soroti Regional Hospital, was attended by over 400 members dawn among TASO subscriber members, clients, staff, friends of TASO, service providers and representatives of implementing partners. Others included political, civic and religious leaders from the all the Districts of Teso sub region and representatives of TASO Board of Trustees, Senior Management and the Advocacy Unit at TASO Headquarters in Mulago.
The Senior Pastor said his church receives many TASO clients, some of whom he was seeing at the general meeting, and they have been consistent with their message on staying on treatment and related services even when they strongly believe in divine healing. He said they do this to complement efforts and strengthen partnership for the overall good of the people of God. The Guest of Honor praised TASO for its unparalleled record in delivery of crystal clear services and being devoid of any negative stories on integrity and accountability. “I interact with many of the clients receiving services from TASO and other institutions and the message that keeps coming clear is that TASO’s services are not comparable with any other and are not going down”, he said.
The meeting was also addressed by the LC V Chairperson Bukedea Local Government, Mr. Olemukan Moses, who spoke on behalf of the political leaders from Teso region. He appreciated TASO for the commendable job it is doing to save lives of the people of this country. He said the local Governments in Teso will engage TASO in mainstreaming HIV and AIDS work in their development and service delivery plans. He promised to consider TASO supported OVC for scholarships and bursaries that are usually availed to the districts in partnership with some higher institutions of learning including Kampala International University and Team University. The LC V chairperson underscored the value of unity and partnership as a kingpin in the development of the region and country, calling on all to bury their political differences and work together for development and to end HIV and AIDS which has no political color.
The Adolescent Drama Group doing Edutainment at the CGM