Ghana Aids Control Programme forced to ration anti-retroviral drugs

The Ghana Aids Control Programme says it has been forced to ration the supplies of Anti-Retroviral drugs to persons living with HIV/AIDS due to inadequate storage facilities.

Some of the patients have been complaining about a shortage of the drugs, a situation they say is having adverse effects on their health.

But the acting director of the Ghana Aids Programme Dr. Ayisi Addo told Joy News there was no shortage but rather the destruction of the Central Medical Stores by fire in January has taken a toll on their operations.

He explained that, “Because there is no Central Medical Store, we are forced to send it to the regions. Remember that the regions also have limited space so what they can hold at any point in time will not be the same way they could have when we had the Central Medical Store. That will affect what they can also deliver to the clientele.”

“We are not in an ideal situation so we will not give commodities of let’s say three months or six months to people as we used to do for stable clients it means that some people will get less. We have to make sure everybody gets ….so it is the quantities that have reduced…” Dr. Addo added.

The Central Medical store was consumed by fire which took over two days to put out. Initial reports suggested arson but the Fire Service is yet to confirm or deny that.

An investigation was conducted into the cause of the fire but the report is yet to be made public.


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