Human rights group denounces short supply of ARV in Congo

Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Thomas Sankara pan-African human rights association  (APST), on Wednesday denounced the short supply of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in Congo, describing the situation as dramatic for the country’s AIDS sufferers.

The ARV, used for the therapy of AIDS-suffering patients, are in short supply at the treatment centre in Brazzaville's Teaching Hospital, the country’s largest health facility, the organization deplored in a letter to Congo’s Health minister.

It added that such a situation was likely to cause the death of several AIDS sufferers and prompt the re-appearance of AIDS-related diseases in the country.

According to APST, such a scenario could be a serious violation of the human rights of thousands of Congolese given that billions of money are disbursed every year to ensure the free treatment of HIV sufferers in the country.

The Human rights group also urged the Congolese authorities to implement required measures in a bid to redress the situation and to put in place effective mechanisms to avoid such a situation in the future.

Figures from the National programme against AIDS in Congo said that 16,861 people living with the disease took the ARV in 2011.
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28 أغسطس 2013 18:24:13

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