HIV/AIDS drugs to be manufactured in Ghana

Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- An HIV/AIDS drug, Anti Retro Viral drugs (ARV), would soon be manufactured in Ghana for patients at an affordable price, Health minister Richard Anane announced Tuesday in Accra.
Dr Anane said the ministry was negotiating with the World Health Organisation and the ministry of Public Health of Thailand for the project.
The minister was speaking at the launch of "Journey of Hope," an innovative package of tools developed to assist organisations and individuals to more effectively adopt participatory approaches in communicating messages of prevention and management of the disease.
The development of the tool is part of the on-going HIV/AIDS awareness education by the Ghana AIDS Commission, Ghana Social Marketing Foundation, UNAIDS and other non-governmental organisations.
Dr Anane said steps were also being taken to ensure that the health care system was adequately prepared to manage the administration of the ARV drugs when they came unto the market.
He said the prevention of mother-to-child transmission, which seeks to reduce infection from mothers, is also expected to be scaled up to cover the whole country by the end of 2002, adding that the ministry has already ordered Nevirapine, the drug administered to infected mothers during labour to reduce transmission, which is expected to arrive in the country by October.
In Ghana, a cumulative figure of 43,587 cases had been reported to health facilities as at December last year.
More than 90,000 people according to the ministry of Health, have died of the disease.
Dr Anane said there is still no cure to the disease and false claims of cure have impacted negatively on the desired behavioural change.
Emmanuel Fiagbey of the John Hopkins University, US, said the "Journey of Hope" aims at enhancing the impact made by various organisations and individuals in the realisation of an HIV/AIDS free society.
He said the tool uses the analogy of floodwaters for rising tide of the HIV epidemic.
It also uses crocodile, boats and bridges and future islands as the main features of the journey of hope.

29 august 2001 08:06:00

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