ARV shortage hits Western province

Western province has been hit by a critical shortage of Anti retroviral (ARV) drug Nevirapine  but provincial permanent secretary Emmanuel Mwamba has kept the information hidden from the pariamentary committe on health currently visiting the area.

Sources close to the provincial medical office (PMO) have told the Zambian Watchdog in Mongu that most health centres have run out of the important ARV drug which is also given to pregnant mothers to stop mother to child transmission.
“The committee was met by the PS and despite these problems of ARV shortages being brought to his attention, he declined to brief the honourable MPs, we wonder what motive this PS has against the local people, has he just been sent to come and wipe out the entire Barotse population as his background is blood stained,” asked the well placed source.

The Parliamentary Committee chaired by Mumbwa Area Member of Parliament Brian Chituwo paid a courtesy call on PS Mwamba yesterday at his office and he told them that government will continue to put issues of the health sector as a priority.
Other MPs on the committee and with Dr. Chituwo are Cornelious Mweetwa, Munji Habenzu, Chifita Matafwali and Likando Mufalali.

According to the source, the only important matter which Mwamba brought to the attention of the entourage was the increase in Breast and Cervical cancer cases to which Dr Chituwo explained that it is the duty of the committee to visit health institutions to see if the facilities there are able to combat the increase of these diseases. He was however hopeful that the honourable members will take time to ask personnel in the health centres they visit and do a comprehensive report to save lives.

The team has already toured Kaoma and Mongu and they are expected to proceed to Senanga district.

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59 Responses to "ARV shortage hits Western province"

  1. kassy  May 13, 2013 at 13:58

    only reading the bible can give hope

  2. farai  May 13, 2013 at 10:19

    sumbwanyambe you really dull like your grandfather revise your books. nevirapine is given to babies for pmtct. when was it phased out…do you mean stavudine idiot?? dont mislead the nation..galu iwe!

  3. farai  May 13, 2013 at 10:13

    its not nevirapine as they are reporting, in principle its all ARVs are out of stock! medical stores are just cheating… jornalists visit the hospitals for the facts. we are dying… if not infected, you are affected.

  4. COME2016  May 13, 2013 at 09:56

    i got a rumor that this PF government wanted to kill a number of zambians to sustain their budget.now they agreed not to supply ARV’S so that we can die, but they were shocked to note where large number of patients on drugs come from.think of where?

  5. yava  May 13, 2013 at 06:34

    efyo chiba ukutemwa ukutomba………

  6. Sumbwanyambe  May 13, 2013 at 04:54

    All you people yap yapping and screaming murder! Shuuut Upppp and listen. Nevirapine or NVP is an old drug. The country policy changed a few years ago to more efficacious regimens for ART. We are actually phasing out NVP use. So quit your yap yapping about things you know nothing about!

    By now in principle no HIV positive should be given NVP. Shortage my foot!! We are just monitoring it’s phase currently around 10,000 out of close to 500,000 who are currently on ART in the whole country.

    • NATIVE  May 13, 2013 at 07:06

      Sumbwanyambe, what drug has replaced NVP and is it readily in stock for dispensing? The problem may be that patients have been taken off the old drug and given no replacement.

      • Red Bull  May 13, 2013 at 10:13

        New drug is Efavirenz. The policy only did away with NVP because of its interaction with Rifampicin, one of the TB drugs. The policy has made it mandatory for co- infected patients to receive ART. Nowhere has it stated that people should go without medicines.

    • Makuli  May 13, 2013 at 08:52

      .. and if “He was however hopeful that the honourable members will take time to ask personnel in the health centres they visit and do a comprehensive report to save lives.” What were the findings of the committee on the ground rather than just relying on that source close to the PMO. Secondly, when there are such sittings, there is no way the PMO would be left out such that he begins to complain to “a source” than himself bringing out the issue.

    • Suntwe  May 13, 2013 at 10:14

      You do not have an idea of what you are talking about. Unfortunately you are the one who is yapping. What drug do you use in PMTCT?

      • Red Bull  May 13, 2013 at 10:16

        New drug is Efavirenz. The policy only did away with NVP because of its interaction with Rifampicin, one of the TB drugs. The policy has made it mandatory for co- infected patients to receive ART. Nowhere has it stated that people should go without medicines.

    • Red Bull  May 13, 2013 at 10:15

      New drug is Efavirenz. The policy only did away with NVP because of its interaction with Rifampicin, one of the TB drugs. The policy has made it mandatory for co- infected patients to receive ART. Nowhere has it stated that people should go without medicines.

  7. AnAppealToCommonSense  May 13, 2013 at 04:31

    I’m curious as to what the international NGOs and agencies are saying about this…JSI in particular is in charge of logistics for the PMTCT centers in the country. Have they found and reported the shortages yet? If not, why? Shortages and stockouts of these medicines are serious, but there are many people in charge, so if this true, we should be holding accountable the government and those non-governmental agencies/organizations who are responsible for monitoring stock levels of the drugs.

  8. The_Truth_Commission  May 12, 2013 at 22:38

    yebo baba! no ARVs for PF MP’s. that will help cleanse the nation

  9. General  May 12, 2013 at 21:34

    SAD but mention the institution in Western province which do not have the drug. Its sad indeed when they ministers are flown outside the country for treatment,

    God help us

  10. NATIVE  May 12, 2013 at 21:15

    But ba medical stores bali shita ba motoka aba pya. Bushe te ba salanganya?

  11. NATIVE  May 12, 2013 at 21:11

    Then why not state your name and the health institution you work for to help those of us that are objective and non-political. You will help us make a more informed & balanced opinion. We also read lusaka times which some quarters believe is more inclined to PF. We even read the post, times of Z & Daily Mail. Na ZNBC, MUVI fyonse tula tamba ifwe so vokeni tumfwe.

  12. Dr mupati  May 12, 2013 at 20:43

    U RB whatever u call yoself which health sector do u wak for?I think its witch doctor health sector,that’s y u don’t knw therez shortage of NVP in da country.

  13. Potent maxmus reloaded  May 12, 2013 at 19:51

    This nevirapine shortage is worse here in mamba where patients are living on weekly supplies.imagine travelling 70kms ¤2(kr80 ¤2 ) weekly with aids for resupplies even when you re just a poor villager

  14. Malaika Malepe  May 12, 2013 at 18:24

    Tell us which institution run out of Nevirapine, you liars

    • RB  May 12, 2013 at 19:39

      Indeed! ZWD is peddlar of lies. I happen to work in the health sector and can confirm that all provinces have stocks of NVP 200mg tablets. Dont be bent on creating unnecessary anxiety. Be relevant to your readers and not just be antagonistic for no positive reason. Gosh!

      • RB  May 12, 2013 at 19:41

        I hope you do not edit my comment or delete it. I know you are hell bent of supporting HH instead of being objective.

        • Keke  May 12, 2013 at 21:10

          ZNBC, MUVI TV and Chikusu Health Minister confirmed the shortage. The minister said the problem is transport.You are not well informed about your own place of work RB.For how long will you continue defending evil. Pray that God forgives you.

        • The_Truth_Commission  May 12, 2013 at 21:38

          ka mwaiche! you exposing your dullness

      • NATIVE  May 12, 2013 at 21:08

        Then why not state your name and the health institution you work for to help those of us that are objective and non-political. You will help us make a more informed & balanced opinion. We also read lusaka times which some quarters believe is more inclined to PF. We even read the post, times of Z & Daily Mail.

  15. njbeniko  May 12, 2013 at 17:33

    there s a Zambian girl/young woman who claims she recieved a revelation of healing from “upstairs” people cliam she can heal High Blood Pressure, AIDS, and many other chronic disease by mixing different fruits and selling them at K100,000
    Zambians from allover the country by their hundreds are flocking in to visit their new “prophet”
    maybe Zambia sees no point of buying drugs from overseas if the claim is really true.

  16. Kay  May 12, 2013 at 17:14

    mwamukoloooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
    and yet there is enough money for bye elections, which I am told are ‘budgeted for’….ARVs, well, not budgeted for

    • NATIVE  May 12, 2013 at 17:45

      Remember, earlier in the week, the comparison of this govt to a bread winner who chooses to spend on alcohol in a licensed bar while nursing a patient in hospital in intensive care? Right on the mark NO ARVs but plenty ceremonial deputy ministers and by-elections.

    • chik-wanda  May 12, 2013 at 19:42

      You will soon need boosters to keep you sane. Your Master Sata is dying. He has been given two years by his Indian Doctors.

      Time is flying and will catch up with you.

      Sata has been a kaponya, theif, womaniser and an enemy to our great nation. His time is coming. He is suffering and his organs are deteriorating at a very fast pace.

    • Compos Mentis  May 13, 2013 at 00:09

      This is highly inappopriate. HH’s wife is a private citizen and even if it were true you have no right to broadcast her medical information on a public forum.

      I’m sorry but you are the lowest of the low and should be sued and banned from this site

  17. Suntwe  May 12, 2013 at 16:58

    To be honest this is a countrywide problem. One wonders why the media is so quiet on this one. Even the HIV activists are also quiet. Bravo watch dog, continue informing the masses.

    • NATIVE  May 12, 2013 at 17:09

      An injustice to this country. It’s shocking that these people aspired for public duty they’re unable to execute efficiently.

  18. Puffy Adder  May 12, 2013 at 16:51

    There has been a shortage for three months now all over the country.

  19. Dim Wit  May 12, 2013 at 16:26

    These are crimes against humanity!
    ICC please take note!

    • chik-wanda  May 12, 2013 at 19:47

      This is crime against humanity. Wasting money on by elections, spending fortune on Sata’s medical bills but no money for mothers dying in clinics, children dying without medicines and workers losing limbs without doctors and surgical equipment.

      But alas, Sata will be gone from this world before taken to Hague.

  20. justin mukatuka  May 12, 2013 at 16:08

    this is ridiculous,health is a priority not an option……damn!

  21. Gerald liywalii  May 12, 2013 at 15:58

    We just need the sondashi formular.

  22. KroNoroGy  May 12, 2013 at 15:43

    2 bad whats going on in this country

  23. Gerald liywalii  May 12, 2013 at 15:37

    But when is the sondashi formular going to help poor Zambians who are being disadvantaged by useless N.G.O.s?

  24. NATIVE  May 12, 2013 at 15:34

    The President is married to a medical doctor who is receiving well deserved international acclaim for her honest contribution to medicine. This man is now busy diluting his wife’s, Dr. Kaseba’s, recognition by denying his own country’s citizens’ life supporting Anti-Retro-Viral drugs. I did post a comment on your site last week comparing him to a bread winner who chooses to drink from a licensed bar neglecting a patient in intensive care, because he’s chosen to induce by-elections to boost his party’s voting advantage in parliament. I wasn’t off the mark. If you do your research properly you will find that this ARV drug shortage may not be peculiar to western province alone.

  25. Ndobo  May 12, 2013 at 15:24

    How come Sakeni always get his share of ARVs without ´complaints/SHORTAGE`???

    • Goodman  May 12, 2013 at 16:48

      even him,kabimba masebo and chibesakunda gets without any shortage

  26. Vilifier  May 12, 2013 at 14:49

    If you build a stadium without supplying ARVs, then who the hell will be going to watch football?

  27. Mwanarob  May 12, 2013 at 14:37

    “……. has he just been sent to come and wipe out the entire Barotse population” unquote. Daaa. Open your eyes lozis. Your salivation will only come from yourselves.

    • mambala  May 12, 2013 at 17:57

      salvation you mean?

      • Erney  May 12, 2013 at 23:04

        Think he meant salvation.

        • big bwana  May 12, 2013 at 23:07

          NO! salivation. look in the 2016 oxford dictionary

  28. Mr Kiss  May 12, 2013 at 14:28

    This is what he meant when he (sata) said no development if you vote for an opposition mp.he is sending a massage to lukulu voters

  29. stupid  May 12, 2013 at 14:02

    Satan at one point made it very clear that he will not waste resources on AIDS patients as they (Aids patients) are a drain on National resources.

    He is just implementing what he promised Zambians.

    • big bwana  May 12, 2013 at 23:08

      hahahahahah!

  30. Bokote  May 12, 2013 at 13:38

    President Bush had allocated millions of dollars for ARVs for Zambia.
    They must be flowing smoothly and there is not supposed to be any shortages of ARVs in Zambia.

    • NATIVE  May 12, 2013 at 17:37

      Maybe George Bush Jr’s withdrawn funding after he was shown ingratitude. According to his excellency MCS Americans are “colonialists”, remember?

  31. Mr Facts  May 12, 2013 at 13:35

    ARV shortage. Its okay as long as we can fund bye elections, plenty minister and judge chikopa

    • rigger  May 12, 2013 at 13:45

      Bye-elections create jobs (of the kind 14000 created by RDA). Shortage of ARVs in hospitals accelerates the departure of ordinary masses.

      Benefits of these measures are:

      More money in the pockets of those left behind
      More money for bye-elections and more jobs for left behind
      More money available for politicians gratuity, cars, ARVs, medical treatment overseas
      And more money for prolonging the life of our Saviour, Lord Sata.
      Every ngwee counts. More ngwee saved more money to buy urine bags and for dialysis machines.
      Most of our promiscuous politicians will need these bags and machines. We are government that value kaponyas who supported us.

      • tonto fever  May 12, 2013 at 19:34

        Ambulatory dialysis needs frequent cleaning of inlet and outlet tubes and very expensive to run

    • rasta  May 12, 2013 at 13:53

      sata has no regards for lif.

  32. Shimwitwa  May 12, 2013 at 13:29

    That is Emmanuel Mwamba, the same way he got paid for killing FJT to pave way for CNP, he is doing it in Western province. Masipa ni malende ahau wena Mwamba!!

  33. Vernon mutangala  May 12, 2013 at 13:26

    Ba Barotse tell yo queen from England to assist u with ARVs.

  34. riddick  May 12, 2013 at 13:21

    Pf continues killing

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