Sex Tourism: Dominican HIV and AIDS Patients Suffer From Drug Shortage
(solvision.co.cu) – The shortage of certain drugs for treating HIV / AIDS in the Dominican Republic is worrying thousands of patients, who protested the situation and demanded answers from health authorities.
According to the president of the local network of people living with the disease, Dulce Almonte, they have been suffering for months from the lack of drugs such as Tenofovirz and Abacacvir.
We demand explanations of the reasons that led to the change in care projects, Almonte said, quoted by media reports.
She also charged that the drug compatibility analysis of patients is not being conducted, which threatens the quality of life of those affected.
In late June, leaders of the Coalition of NGOs HIV/AIDS warned that in the 2013 budget, the country will spend six million dollars to buy medicine for more than 20,000 patients with the disease.
According to official figures, the Dominican Republic has more than 60,000 people living with HIV/AIDS, and nearly one-third receive medication and have to be tested for control, but so far, these drugs and analysis are covered with Global Fund resources.
For next year, Nicomedes Castro, of the aforementioned coalition, said that the necessary amount must be budgeted to meet the needs of an increasing population.
He said the country faces a difficult situation with the international financial crisis which in turn affects major donors in the fight against HIV/AIDS, as they are unable to assume their financial responsibility.
Source: Dominican Watchdog
Category: DR News |