Individuals Living with HIV Anxious About Impending Shortage of Antiretroviral Drugs

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Individuals living with HIV in Ghana express their distress as health officials initiate rationing of anti-retroviral drugs crucial for their sustenance.

According to reports by JoyNews, supplies of these medications are rapidly depleting and are projected to be completely exhausted by May if no immediate action is taken.

Elsie Ayeh, President of the National Association of Persons Living with HIV, highlights concerns regarding the whereabouts of a consignment of ARVs procured by the Health Ministry, raising suspicions of possible misplacement.

Mrs. Ayeh further reveals that the last supply of antiretroviral (ARV) medication was obtained in October 2023. Additionally, she shares information indicating that more medicine was procured through the Ministry of Health and expected to arrive in Ghana between mid-December and the end of December 2023, but unfortunately, it did not materialize.

“As I sit here, those ARVs have not arrived. In fact, they cannot be traced. Usually, when they are procured, you know, they are on the high seas; they are at the harbor waiting to be brought out and waiting to be cleared; this is a complete blackout on information”.

This has led to reported rationing of anti-retroviral drugs meant to sustain persons living with HIV.

Mrs. Ayeh also pointed out delays in releasing malaria commodities, such as malaria medicine, which arrived at the port in May 2023.

She stressed the importance of timely distribution, especially as malaria cases tend to increase during the rainy season.

According to her, among the items awaiting distribution are bed nets for malaria prevention and test kits for early detection of malaria.

 

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