My name Opera Churchill. I come from Kitgum. I am 34 years old. I have been on treatment for 1 year and 4 months. Initially I thought I would not survive all of this treatment. I was really very sick, I couldn’t walk. I got my treatment on my bed, I ate on my bed - I have been getting food from my mother.
I was at Letu Hospital, Gulu district. I had been there for quite a long time. There was no improvement, and one of the doctors referred me to the laboratory for a sputum check. I went there, they found that my sputum was still positive [with TB]. I got injections for 60 days and there was not any improvement. They sent me again for the third time to the laboratory and they found that my sputum smear was still positive. Then, they told me that there is no drug that can cure my TB. That’s what the doctor told me. Immediately they referred me to hospital, to Mulago Hospital in Kampala city.
When the doctor told me I should go to Mulago Hospital, I really felt “but why is my TB treatment not in Lashuro? Why are they referring me in Mulago Hospital, when they’re treating other TB cases in Lashuro hospital". But I went to Mulago.
By good luck, a doctor from Tashu found me and he said “the clinic in Mulago hospital is also here in Kitgum. I can refer you to Kitgum Meropayu health centre”. Then they arranged all the transport and everything. They transferred me, together with my mother, to Merupaya health centre.
Reaching there, my condition was deteriorating. I was really, really in a very bad condition. I lost hope that I would survive in life. I was stressed. I thought I would die in 2 or 3 days.
Luckily again I found Médecins Sans Frontières. MSF has really worked very hard for me. Now I am in a good condition. I can do many things as long as I stay on the treatment.
I have another infection in me that has no cure [HIV]. All this chronic infection that affects me now, wasn’t always there. This is the first time I have had chronic infections like TB, and the other, HIV.
I wanted to briefly tell you what happened to me.