Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2019. 5:51 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The scarcity of anti-retroviral (ARV) medication could be addressed by this weekend, according to the Ministry of Health (MOH).
Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, explained that the MOH is getting some ARV’s from health authorities in Trinidad and Tobago and that they could arrive in the country by the weekend.
“We had put it out there and Trinidad and Tobago was the only ones to answer our call. So we are working with them to see how we can get it through. We’re hoping to have it by the weekend or next week the latest,” Manzanero said.
He reminded the public that the particular ARV which is scarce is one medication that is used in tandem with two others and that the other two medications are still available in-country. He stressed that, according to the ministry’s data, patient adherence to ARV regimes are as low as 30 percent within some population subsectors.
“Some of them take their medications one day and don’t take it the next. Or they decide that they will have a drink and won’t take their medication because of the alcohol. While others simply forget. This does not take away our responsibility to have the medications available, but they need to be taking their medications every day,” he added.
The scarcity of ARV’s is not unique to Belize as many countries in the region are experiencing the shortage due to a quality assurance recall by the manufacturer of the medication.
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