ARV shortage raises concern in highly HIV/AIDS infected counties

Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o [Photo: Capital News]

The council of governors have raised concerns over the shortage of ARV drugs in HIV/AIDS highly infected counties.

Homa Bay County was mentioned as leading in the pack especially with pediatric ARV regimen, meant for children.

Homa Bay project coordinator Roshni Mahida under the Medicines Sans Frontieres (MSF) organisation , says the situation is likely to reverse the gains made in tacklingHIV/AIDS in the county.

He said some of the HIV drugs in short supply are Tenofovir, Lamivudine and Dulutegravir (TLD).

According to Mahida, patients are currently sharing the few available drugs, that could soon run out.

The Ministry of Health says the disruption was caused by the failure to sign the consignment of ARV donations expected to have arrived at the end of October 2020.

Speaking separately, Kisumu County Governor Anyang Nyong’o said there are zero HIV commodities leading to higher death rates in the country.

A large number of HIV patients now get half of the required ARV doses due to the shortage.

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