Sup­ply of an­tiretro­vi­ral drugs for HIV ad­e­quate: DOH

Sun.Star Pampanga - - HEALTHNEWS! -

MANILA — The De­part­ment of Health (DOH) has as­sured there is enough treat­ment for Filipinos with Hu­man Im­mun­od­e­fi­ciency Virus (HIV) amid ru­mors of anti-retro­vi­ral (ARV) drug short­age na­tion­wide.

In a state­ment re­leased on Fri­day, the DOH said it se­ri­ously takes the HIV is­sue that is why the de­part­ment makes sure ap­pro­pri­ate test­ing and treat­ment are avail­able and ac­ces­si­ble to those who are di­ag­nosed with HIV.

”As of Oc­to­ber 2018, we have en­rolled 32, 224 per­sons liv­ing with HIV (PLHIVs) for treat­ment with ARV drugs such as Ne­vi­rap­ine, Lamivu­dine or Teno­fovir,” the DOH said, adding that it has been pro­vid­ing free ARV drugs to PLHIV through the HIV treat­ment hubs.

The DOH said there are 3,200 PLHIVs who are on Ne­vi­rap­ine and 1,791 PLHIV on Lamivu­dine or Teno­fovir as of De­cem­ber 2018.

To meet the need for Ne­vi­rap­ine for Fe­bru­ary to April 2019, the DOH said their data con­firms there is enough sup­ply of the drug has been de­liv­ered on Jan­uary 4.

A month’s sup­ply for Lamivu­dine or Teno­fovir has also been de­liv­ered to Re­gions I (Ilo­cos Re­gion), VI (Western Visayas) and XI (Davao Re­gion).

“The rest of the re­gions will ex­pect de­liv­er­ies within the week. We are work­ing very closely with our sup­pli­ers to en­sure that there are no gaps in our sup­ply chain,”the DOH said.

The DOH is still wait­ing for the de­liv­ery of 12,375 bot­tles of Ne­vi­rap­ine, equiv­a­lent to three months’sup­ply; and 7,024 bot­tles of Lamivu­dine or Teno­fovir, which are enough for two months’use. (PNA)

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