ARV Drugs Expiring While Thousands On Waiting List

Advocacy and Communications Officer for the Zimbabwe National Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS (ZNNP+) Paidamoyo Magaya and National AIDS Council Chief Executive Officer Dr Tapiwa Magure told Radio VOP in an interview that it was ‘sad’ that this was happening.

“About 116, 118 adults and 12,420 children are reported to be on the waiting list. This is not good if it is indeed true those drugs are expiring yet we have great need of them. In some instances members’ report of drug stock outs,” said Magaya.

Health Minister Henry Madzorera told Radio VOP over the weekend that it was not surprising to find government hospitals stocking expired drugs because of lack of funds to carry out audits on time.

“It’s possible for expired drugs to be found in government hospital pharmacies. They can even take years in storage until officials from the Ministry of Finance board come and audit their value. The reason is that the Finance Ministry is the one which give us funds to procure drugs. This may take long because of capacity, “he said.

It is estimated that 1.2 million people are living with HIV in Zimbabwe. Of the 1.2 million infected 600 000 are in urgent need of ARVs but less than half of these are receiving drugs on the government programme.