GOVERNMENT has procured enough Anti Retro Viral (ARVs) drugs which will start arriving in the country on Tuesday next week, health deputy minister Patrick Chikusu has announced.
Giving an update on the ARVs situation yesterday in Lusaka, Dr Chikusu said 250, 000 packs of the drugs from the old order will arrive in the country.
“And 500, 000 packs of ARVs would arrive a week later before another one million packs next month September,” Dr Chikusu said.
Dr Chikusu said another consignment of ARVs would arrive in September this year with support of Global fund and PEPFAR funding.
He also announced that Government was in the process of setting up the first 58 ARV sites in all the districts for easy access and distribution of the life supporting drugs.
Dr Chikusu said Government has increased the budgetary allocation towards HIV/AIDS programmes from paltry US$5 million during the previous regime to US$30 million.
He, however, said the reported shortage of ARVs was not the correct picture of the drug situation, but rationing, which was also due to some logistical challenges which have since been sorted out.
A shortage of ARVs was reported resulting in most patients being switched to other types while waiting for the recommended drugs to be in stock.
Kalingalinga, Kamwala, Matero, Ngwerere and Chawama clinics in Lusaka are some institutions that had run low on the drugs.