Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has urged city and town leaders to help spearhead the fight against HIV/AIDS.
He said the role of the leaders in confronting the pandemic was crucial, as HIV/AIDS was spreading fast in both urban and rural areas.
Research shows that up to one million men and women in Uganda could become infected with HIV over the next five years.
Museveni was quoted by the local New Vision newspaper as saying: "Fighting the epidemic calls for continued effort and diversification of preventive strategies, and involvement of new partners in the crusade against this pandemic."
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