Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Nigeria: gov't program running out of AIDS drugs?

More than 14,000 people living with Aids in Nigeria who had been receiving anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs subsidised by the government are running out of supplies, an HIV/Aids activist group said on Tuesday.

Nsikak Ekpe, president of Aids Alliance Nigeria (AAN), an organisation that represents people living with Aids in Africa's most populous country, said the government had stopped supplying drugs at almost all the 25 treatment centres selected for the programme across the country.

Those still lucky enough to be receiving medication were being issued with expired drugs, he told a news conference. (full-text)
Back in November, there was a story that the the government was recalling anti-retroviral drugs because much of the stock had expired or was about to expire.