NEW HEAD OF UN HIV/AIDS PROGRAMME IN UGANDA WARNS OF LACK OF STOCKS

KAMPALA, The new head of the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Uganda, Karungari Kiragu-Gikonyo, has called on the government to ensure uninterrupted access to anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs amidst reports that a number of facilities in the country have become choked on stock-outs which threaten to jeopardize the country's HIV response.

Patients on ARVs need to maintain continuous treatment, where they take their medication as prescribed by the physician or they may develop resistance.

Speaking to the media after a meeting with Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa here over the weekend, the new UNAIDS country director said everyone who needs ARVs needs to access them, and the access ought to be seamless.

She said she was confident in the Ugandan Health Ministry and that the office would institute systems so there were no patients skipping treatment because of shortages at health facilities.

Shortages have been reported in Mpigi, Mityana and Kumi districts among other placess and AIDS control programme manager Dr. Joshua Musinguzi said some of the facilitieshad reported stock-outs, highlighting gaps in distribution of medicines in the country.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK