ARV shortages

Patients on antiretroviral drugs are being forced to buy their medication from private pharmacies as the public hospitals are struggling to provide the new drugs that were introduced by the government earlier this year.

According to sources at Parirenyatwa hospital, several patients have been referred to private hospitals if they need the new line of treatment that includes Tenofir and Neveripine.

The new drugs are more expensive and the cash-strapped Zimbabwean government, which has an obligation to provide free ARVs, cannot meet the demand.

The drugs are being sold by private pharmacies for $13, a fee beyond the reach of many.

The Ministry of Health and Child Welfare national ART co-ordinator, Dr Tsitsi Mutasa Apollo, could not give any details on the matter.

“We are not allowed to talk to journalists over the phone,” said Apollo.

However, the President of the Zimbabwe HIV and Aids Activists, Bernard Nyathi, said there were none of the new drugs at most of the country’s hospitals.

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