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HIV Drugs Run Out Of Stock, Causes Panic People Living With HIV

HIV Drugs Run Out Of Stock, Causes Panic People Living With HIV

There has been a stock out of ARVs in the country that has caused fear among the people living with HIV/AIDS. Apparently, for the last four to five months there has been a crisis of absence of third-line ARVs.

Patients have experienced a lot of difficulties in adhering to life-saving treatment. While addressing the media, people Living with HIV/Aids and civil society organizations said this issue has directly affected over 2,500 patients in this category.

Every time a patient visits a health facility, they are given second-line ARV drugs or sent away by medical workers.

Third-line drugs such as Raltegravir and Darunavir are said to have run out in many facilities. This means patients are exposed to opportunistic infections due to their compromised immunity.

However, the Ministry Of Health has denied any of these allegations saying there is no scarcity at all. Emmanuel Ainebyona, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Health said the only time there was scarcity was between June and July but the situation has since normalized. At that time,  National Medical Stores was undergoing stocktaking.

“The entire ARVs chain [first, second and third line] is available. Maybe the alleged stock out was when NMS was stocktaking between June 24 and July 15th,” Ainebyoona said.

83% Ugandans Live With HIV/AIDS

NEWSLEXPOINT.com earlier reported that according to survey, the pearl of Africa is nearly achieving ninety percent of people living with the amount of  HIV/AIDS virus in their bodies suppression by 2020, in efforts set to end the Aids outbreak.

Ministry of Health spear-headed the initiative which was based on findings indicating that 83% of people with HIV/AIDS have defeated their viral load, which means they cannot easily infect their sexual partners or even die of the disease.

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