Some people living with the HIV/AIDS Virus in Mazabuka are reported to have stopped taking anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) in preference for herbal medicine being sold in private drug stores.
District Aids Coordinating advisor, Pastor Kenan Ndhlovu disclosed this during a
District Development Coordinating Committee meeting held in the Mazabuka municipal
council chamber,Â and chaired by District Commissioner, Misheck Chiinda yesterday.
Pastor Ndhlovu said the sudden behaviour has caused alot of suffering to the affected patients due to severe reactions.
He said there is need for the government to intervene quickly and clear the perception by patients that herbal medicine can cure HIV/AIDs before lives are lost.
And District Director of Health, Dr Namasiku Siyumbwa who also attended the meeting
confirmed that some patients had stopped taking ARVs but could not shed more light.
Meanwhile, District Commissioner, Misheck Chiinda has urged people living with HIV
who have been enrolled on ARVs to continue with their treatment because herbal
medicine cannot cure HIV.
He observed that, recently, the ministry of health released reports of the clinical trials on herbal medicine but stated that the results showed that herbal mecidine
cannot cure HIV/AIDs.
Mr Chiinda said there is need for people living with HIV to support government efforts meant to curb the rising HIV infections by adhering to the treatment.
He said the negative attitude by patients would frustrate government from procuring
ARVs if patients stop in preference for traditional medicine.
The HIV infection rate in Mazabuka stands at 16.8 percent.