Govt to decentralize ART

The government plans to intensify the decentralization of Anti-Retroviral Therapy in an effort to provide access to the medication for people in the remotest parts of the country.

This development comes after numerous complaints from chiefs and traditional leaders that villagers were walking long distances to access health care.

Speaking at the just ended National HIV and AIDS Conference the director of the HIV and Tuberculosis programme in the ministry of Health and Child Welfare, Dr Owen Mugurungi, said the government was working on providing ART to rural areas.

He said that the move was part of a broader framework to eliminate new infections and reduce the number of people who default on their treatment.

“Local clinics will handle simpler cases of people who have stabilized on treatment while district hospitals will deal with complications,” he said.

However, he pointed out that decentralizing treatment to local clinics was not the final solution to universal access to treatment by rural communities as there was still the challenge of infrastructure development.

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