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Zim public hospitals running short of Aids drug

The medication is a drug known as Abacavir and is reportedly needed to treat hundreds of thousands of patients.

Picture: EWN.

HARARE - Reports from Zimbabwe say public hospitals are running short of a key Aids drug.

The medication is a drug known as Abacavir and is reportedly needed to treat hundreds of thousands of patients.

The state-run Herald says patients at public hospitals are only getting a week’s supply of Abacavir as to opposed to the usual three months’ course.

As stocks run out, there are concerns that some patients may default on treatment, which could lead to HIV drug resistance.

It’s understood the shortage is countrywide and affects hundreds of thousands of people.

The Zimbabwe government is critically short of foreign currency.

An official from the National Aids Council told the paper the council had applied for $20 million to import the drugs, but it hasn’t received any money so far this year.

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