National Association of People with HIV and Aids in Malawi (Napham) officials have sounded SOS that 1600 people on life-prolonging ARV medication in Ngabu, Chikhwawa are defaulting on the medication and cannot be traced.
Gladys Fatchi, coordinator of Napham at Ngabu said this is worrying as the people are risking their lives by not taking the life prolonging drugs.
“The unfortunate part of this is that we cannot trace them. May be they are disappointed that sometimes they are told to buy drugs that go with ARTs, may be they were annoyed with the rudeness of some hospital officials, may be they were not happy that they had to go to Chikhwawa from Ngabu for CD4 count and they had to use their own money,” said Fatchi.
However in charge of Ngabu Rural Hospital Prince Kachika dismissed allegations by Fatchi.
Kachika said the hospital has never run out of ARTs as alleged by Fatchi and said his office has never received reports of ill treatment by hospitals.
“What I know is that some of these people come from Mozambique so they come and go, it is not easy to trace them unless we go to Mozambique which is not within our jurisdiction,” he said.
He said Malawians who default on ART can easily be traced.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :