Over 500 HIV-positive patients to receive ARVs
At least 500 HIV/Aids patients across the country will benefit from a new arrival of anti-retroviral drugs for the next one year after a memorandum of understanding was reached between select health centres and Saph Integrated Training Centre- Uganda (SITC).
The drugs worth Shs2.5 billion, including 1.5 million doses of Zidolam, 867,354 doses of Lamuvidine + Stavdin + Nevirapin and 332,031 doses of Ciprofloxacin, were yesterday handed out to three health centres each from Mbale, Jinja and Wakiso districts at the Salp centre in Wakiso.
The Ministry of Health, which was supposed to get the second largest share of ARVs, was not present to sign the MoU and did not take their share of the drugs.
The Executive Director of SITC, Mr Bernard Kibirigye, said they will deliver the drugs to Health Ministry and sign the memorandum of understanding. The new consignment comes on the heel of ARV shortage in the country.
At Tobin Health Centre, one of the beneficiary centres in Mbale, the administrator, Mr Saul Ekusai, said more than 100 patients seek treatment from the facility every month but they have been unable to provide them with ARVs.
“Patients come here expecting drugs but we would only give them counselling and refer them to Taso,” Mr Ekusai said. “But with the drugs we can treat and retain them at the health centre,” he added. Mr Kibirigye said the project will be renewed in a year if funds flow in.