“Release Our ARVs” Angry HIV Patients Demands The Release Of ARV Drugs After Given Empty ARV Bottle

A angry Kenyan citizen as took to his official Twitter account to express his anger concerning the lack of ARV drugs in hospitals yet the drugs are allegedly stuck at the Mombasa port, the patient by the name Githaiga Samuel expressed his disappointment after he reportedly arrived at Uhuru park Nairobi carrying an empty ARV bottle to pick some drug but to ño avail there were no drugs.

“Arrived at Uhuru Park carrying an empty ARV bottle… So sad that we have to go through this while ARVs are somewhere in a container. #ReleaseOurARVs.”

This comes days as the Life-saving HIV and tuberculosis drugs worth Sh1.1billion are stuck at the port of Mombasa following a tax tussle between the Kenyan government and the US Agency for International Development (USAid).

The unnecessary delays in releasing the lifesaving HIV medicines to public health facilities is posing an imminent risk of stockouts, with devastating consequences for people living with HIV, warned the international medical organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Essential HIV treatment drugs – Tenofovir, Lamivudine and Dolutegravir (TLD) – have been stuck at the port of Mombasa for several weeks and are not being distributed to the counties.

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