Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Kapiri Mposhi District runs out of HIV/AIDS drugs



People Living with HIV/AIDS in Kapiri Mposhi District have today bemoaned the continued scarcity of the vital Anti Retro Viral Drugs ( ART) in the area.

The patients have lamented that they have not accessed the life saving drugs in most heath centers such as at Waya Rural Health Centre in Lukanga Swamp area of the District.

Over two hundred people are living with the disease in the area and currently the health post is delivering health services to 800
patients on ART.

ZANIS reports that Counsellor at the health centre, George Mukabe, confirmed the development in an interview in Kapiri Mponshi District , yesterday.

Mr. Mukabe noted that new clients are not accessing the drugs owing to lack of a Clinic Officer at the beleaguered centre.

He further complained that the previous Clinic Officer, Dickson Mwewa, abandoned his portfolio on 26th December, 2012, hence, the post remaining vacant.

This is after Mr. Mwewa disapproved the community’s threats against him, following allegations that he was not professionally discharging his duties and that he had poor attitude towards the patients.

The counsellor further explained that the Clinic officer is the solely mandated personnel to authorize and introduce new clients to the medication.

Allegedly, despite several reminders from patients, Mr. Mwewa has refused to resume his office position stating that he would only resume work until he is transferred to another station.

But when contacted for comment, Mr. Mwewa maintained that he could not be working in an unsecured environment stating that he was currently on transfer to another unnamed health post.

However, Counselors at the clinic in question, have since called on government to react with urgency in taking a new Clinic Officer before many live are lost.



  1. Its interesting to note how reporters capture information. The heading stated KAPIRI MUPOSHI RUNS OUT OF HIV/AIDS DRUGS, giving the inpression that the facility is stocked out of the drugs. reading the article reveals a totally different situation on the ground , that is there is no practioner to attend to the patients.
    Can we be more accurate in disseminating information otherwise one can be accused of alarming the situation.

  2. this is a very poorly done article ba lusaka times. the issue at waya has got nothing to do with the scarcity of drugs ,rather that there is no one to attend to the ART CLIENTS. the residents beat up MWEWA ,THE ONLY CLINICIAN THEY HAD. WHO WOULD NOT RUN FOR DEAR LIFE IN SUCH A CASE? THE HEADING IS VERY MISLEADING.YOU WOULD HAVE DONE BETTER.

  3. If the facts of being beaten are true, then Mwewa has the right to run away from this place. it is not only about physical security but after such a beating the trust between him and the community cannot be re-established. There are various avenues for the community to air their grievances and beating service providers is not one of them. leave Mapatizya formula is for political rallies/elections and not health facilities

    • Mwewa was clobbered by three men and the newly deployed CO has declined to go there saying if they beat his coleague they will beat him too.

  4. Sata is spending all money on bribing & appointing more Ministers from the opposition instead of buying Drugs for patients in Zambia.

    IDI AMIN in Uganda like Dictator Sata used to waste money & in the end he ordered the Central Bank to print more but when the Uganda Central Bank refused as it may have caused more inflation, he fired the Head of the Bank! Sata thinks money can just be printed & everything will solve itself. Zambians have now Mealie Meal shortages & killings.

    No matter what, PF & its corrupt leaders does, Dictator Sata & his corrupt Ministers wont have a good end in Zambia! Its either they will be taken to CHIMBOKAILA with military arrests or Leopard Hill Cemetery with no salutes

    No one can believe how Sata has made Zambians to HATE him with TOTAL HATRED

    • “Adulterous”? At least one study has found that more than half of new infections between men and women took place between married or cohabiting people. Stop stereotyping. And even if the infection is from adultery, that doesn’t justify not treating a person. Also, most of the money for ART is coming from Global Fund, PEPFAR, etc., not the Zambian government. Finally, if you’re still failing to see the sense and humanity of my argument, more people on treatment equals a reduction in population viral load and reduced transmission, thereby reducing the risk of infection to you or someone you know.

  5. Those who are insulting the president over this must get there facts right. Drugs are available at waya rhc. But there is no clinician to prescribe after mwewa was clobbered and he ran for dear life.

  6. I’m curious as to why the man was beat; did he cause harm to some patients, or was it a case of misplaced blame on him? Either way, the local government should have investigated the situation, and either given him protection or secured a new clinic officer. I’m wondering why nurses can’t start people on treatment though, as they can in South Africa, and why no NGOs haven’t stepped in to meet the gap until a new officer comes. Also @LusakaTimes, I’m confused by the article. How can more than two hundred people be living with the disease, if 800 are on ART? Does anyone know what the numbers actually are?

  7. Hello my name is Marian Smith I want to give a testimony about my HIV virus that was cured by a great spell caster. Since last 4years I have being a HIV AID patient. I never think I will live long again and am so grateful about him DR OGUN who help me cured my HIV AIDS last 3 weeks. I was in a great pain so I told one of my best friend; he told me that there is a great spell caster that can cure my VIRUS. I asked her if she had his email, she gave me his email, I emailed him he talk to me and he perform the necessary rituals and he told me that after two weeks I should go for a test. Which I did, when the doctor told me that am now a HIV negative I couldn’t believe myself I went to see another doctor the result was still the same, I was human on planet earth, so I emailed him and thanked h

  8. It is no longer news that the Acquired immune deficiency syndrome /Human Immune Virus (HIV/AIDS) is increasing by the day. The fear is that many people living with the sickness are scared of saying it because of the stigma that comes along with it. I am bold enough among many others to state that there is now a potent cure to this sickness but many are unaware of it. I discovered that I was infected with the virus 8yrs ago, after a medical check-up. My doctor told me and I was shocked, confused and felt like my world has crumbled. I was dying slowly due the announcement of my medical practitioner but he assured me that I could lead a normal life if I took my medications (as there was no medically known cure to HIV). I went from churches to churches but soon found that my case needed urgent

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