ARVs Drought Hits Kabale Hospital

Kabale regional referral hospital has run out of the second antiretroviral drugs living hundreds of people living with HIV stranded.

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Second-line antiretroviral therapy achieves durable viral suppression in three-quarters of patients and is associated with an increase in CD4 cell count.

Lawrence Kwikiriza, one of the people living with HIV/Aids in Kabale says he has not been able to access the medicine since mid May this year.

He says the failure to access the drug might have far reaching implications on his life. Godfrey Byamukama, the chairperson of Persons living with HIV/AIDS in Kabale district says unless there is immediate intervention the drug stock out is a big setback on the lives of members.

He says despite the fact that the drugs are available in pharmacies, many people living with HIV/Aids can’t afford them while other are shy to buy them for fear of being stigmatized.

Emmanuel Ganshanga, the senior coordinator antiretroviral clinic Kabale Regional Referral Hospital says many patients have gone without the drug since the beginning of this year.

He says they expect the next supply in August 2014.

Oren Aryaija, the Kabale district focal person for medicines and supplies says plans are underway to apply for emergency supplies from the National Medical Stores.

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