Mombasa activists threaten to hold demos over ARVs

Activists from PLHIV who have threatened to demonstrate over lack of ARVs./COURTESY

Health rights activists in Mombasa have threatened to hold demos for two weeks if the Ministry of Health fails to release Anti-retroviral drugs.

Speaking in Mombasa, they urged the government to ensure smooth supply of ARVs in the county saying many people living with HIV in the country are at risk.

Activist Esther Nelima said MoH had earlier on been supplying them with ARVs that could sustain them for a period of three to six months, but currently patients are receiving only three to two weeks dose.

She further said lack of ARVs has increased the infections amongst children and their parents as well since the viral load of the patients is high due to the lack of consistent supply of ARVs.

“The government is focusing more on COVID-19 pandemic forgetting the people living with HIV and lack of test kit that has led to high rate of infections,” she added.

 According to the Ministry of Health, 1.5 million Kenyans are living with HIV.