It is a sigh of relief to ten of thousands of beneficiaries of Anti Retro-Viral drugs after KEMSA dispatched the drugs to various hospitals across the country.
Accordingly from the source, the Ministry of Health have revealed that by Friday ARVs will be available. I quote " By the end of this week, everybody will have ARVs. We have agreed with US to use the same system of distribution as we negotiate a new contract " Cabinet Secretary of Health, Mutahi Kagwe said.
This comes in as Hundreds protesters in Mombasa County on Thursday marched on the streets to protest the shortage of antiretroviral (ARVs) drugs.
Addressing the press, the protesters who included sex workers and members of the LGBTQ community urged the government to immediately release ARVs to public facilities.
In a statement to media stations, KEMSA's acting CEO said "We will continue to replenish and distribute to the mapped sites as need arises. Some counties have already received the consignment from Kemsa and I believe this will relieve some pressure from patients,”
People living with HIV will from Friday access ARVs at the nearest designated facilities, the Ministry of Health has said. Health cabinet secretary Mutahi Kagwe said there are sufficient ARVs to cater for all people living with HIV across the country.
By taking ARVs consistently, HIV positive people can lower their viral load so it’s undetectable,which means very little risk of passing it to their lovers.