Another medical crisis is looming in Kenya, despite the Covid 19 pandemic. Public health facilities are running out of ARVs for people living with HIV and AIDS. “Health care workers have said by the end of April 2021, there will be no HIV drugs for the patients.” Gladys Wanga, Women Representative of Homa Bay County says. The scarcity of ARVs will lead to a problem of resistance of the virus towards the drugs as people will start missing their doses, due to rationing of the drugs that is happening in some counties. The ministry of health however says that they are working tirelessly to find alternative solutions towards curbing this issue. This comes as a result of the expiration of the partnership between Kenya and the United States of America which was a key player in donating the ARVs to Kenya.
Rashid Aman, CAS, Ministry of Health says, “ We have had some challenges with ARVs but not because ARVs are not available, but because of a transition that has occurred in terms of our partners who provided us with the drugs. There have been some challenges which have been addressed and we have been able to streamline these challenges in the shortest time possible.”The Ministry of Health however assures Kenyans that they will find alternative suppliers to curb this acute shortage of ARVs.
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