Drug administered to babies born from HIV positive mothers in short supply in Eastern Province.

The Ministry of Health has confirmed the erratic supply of a drug administered to babies born from HIV positive mothers.

Provincial Medical Officer, Kennedy Malama however, says that he cannot describe the shortage as a crisis.

Dr. Malama has told Breeze News that while some health facilities in Petauke District could have run out of Niverapine syrup other facilities in other districts still have the drug.

He indicated that Vubwi and Lundazi districts are among those whose health facilities still have the drug in stock.

Dr. Malama also advised medical staff in areas where they have run out of the drug to collect some from those that still have the medicine in stock.

The provincial medical officer pointed out the need for medical staff to coordinate during such situations.

Districts like Petauke have not had the drug for the past two months, exposing babies to the risk of contracting HIV and AIDs.

 

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