Govt receives ARVs consignment

The first consignment of antiretroviral drugs has arrived in the country and is scheduled for immediate distribution to all public health facilities.

Deputy health minister Dr Patrick Chikusu said the government had spent over K15m on the consignment of 800,000 packets from a total two million batches expected.

“We have engaged specific suppliers who are bringing in the drugs, and we are happy to flag off the first arrivals of almost half of the total batch of the ‘TEE’ or ‘Atripler’ which is a combination of truvada and  nevaripine.

The single dose therapy has been recommended for use so that we swap the drug to administer only one tablet comprising of the two medicines,” he said.

He charged that specific suppliers had been engaged to bring in the drugs to curtail the recent shortage and subsequent rationing of the life-saving drugs in public health facilities the country.

He said with the arrival of the first batch, it was a relief to government pharmacies which have been given in smaller fractions against the usual three months.

He has since called on the people to be patient as the drug supply would soon get back to normal in all the areas around the country.

There has been an unstable supply of the life saving ARVs in government hospitals and health centres where some people have been receiving weekly supplies of the truvada and nevarapine as the most affected medication for people living positively.