By Ronald Kabuye
HIV positive people in Uganda have expressed concern over the continuous drug stock out which has led to the alternation of their medication every time by medical officers.
According to the HIV/AIDS patients across the country especially those from greater masaka, the stock out have been going on since June this year which has left most patients with lesser hope of getting full dozes from their respective health centers.
The patients further revealed that currently health centers are only providing drugs that last for a maximum of two weeks which makes life very difficult for those who travel long distances to collect drugs from health centers.
The situation has caused fear amongst the patients with some now not religiously taking their medication which pauses a threat to their adherence.
However, Mwijukye Julius a health worker in Kalisizo and Dr.John Ssali the national medical director at Uganda cares cautioned government about the dangers of the country having drug stock outs which in the long run will increase HIV prevalence as CD4 counts for patients are always lowering which then pauses a health danger to the clients and the communities that they interact with sexually.
Dr. Mwejukye has appealed to government of Uganda to address the issue of drug stock out as early as possible as it was on the Legislators who wanted almost 13 billion shillings for consultation in their constituencies and the money was provided with in 2 weeks only.
With Uganda having over 1.3M HIV clients and over 900,000 currently on treatment the stock out of drugs like, Abacavir, Atanazavir, Nevirapine 500mg and Lopinavir125mg leave their lives in balance thus calling on government to consider prioritizing drug procurement to save lives of innocent Ugandans.