The Benue Government says it has enough Anti-Retroviral drugs in all designated hospitals in the state.
The Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Orduen Abunku, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Makurdi on Tuesday.
Abunku, who was reacting to allegations of shortage of anti-retroviral drugs in the state, said the state had never lacked HIV and AIDS drugs to distribute to patients since the inception of the programme.
“The government of Benue has never lacked anti-retroviral drugs to distribute to people living with HIV and AIDS in the state since the beginning of the programme.
“The people who staged that protest were mischief makers who we don’t know whether they are living with the virus.
“This government is primarily focused on providing quality and affordable health care facilities to all the citizens with no exception. So the people living with HIV and AIDS are as well cared for.
“If there is any challenge of that nature, we will inform our people,’’ the commissioner said.
He appealed to people living with the virus to visit any of the designated hospitals in the state and collect their drugs.
Abunku said that those living with the virus should report the management of any hospital that failed to do so for necessary actions.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some aggrieved patients last week besieged the premises of the Federal Medical Centre Makurdi, to press for government’s intervention.
Mrs Kasevhemba Aondoakaa, the spokeswoman of the aggrieved patients, expressed her shock that the government had abandoned them at this critical moment.
Aondoakaa, a teacher said that the insensitive position of the government toward their plight had left them with no option than to embark on the protest.
“For two good months now, no single drug has been given to us. Our regular test has not been carried out either.
“They keep on telling us that there are no drugs to give us. We are tired of hearing all these stories.
“We want the president and the minister to do something about this issue,’’ she said.