| Tuberculosis officer Krishna Kumar Prasad and (right) MK Sahani, president, Bihar Voluntary Health Association, at the conference. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh |
Patna, March 15: HIV-positive persons today alleged drugs necessary for their treatment are often not in stock at the state’s anti-retroviral therapy centres.
The centres, run by Bihar State AIDS Control Society, are responsible to provide the affected persons drugs to suppress the HIV virus and stop the progression of the disease. There are 14 such centres.
Patients who attended a state-level conference organised by NGO Bihar Health Voluntary Organisation at AN Sinha Institute of Social Sciences said drugs and test kits necessary for treatment are often found lacking at the centres. Absence of doctors, who are meant to prescribe tests to patients, add to their woes.
Gyan Ranjan, president, Bihar Network for People Living with HIV/AIDS and a HIV-positive, said: “Drugs are often out of stock at the anti-retroviral therapy centres. They are meant to provide medicines to the AIDS and HIV-positive patients for a month on a visit to the centres but many times, they are given drugs only for a week.”
Project director of Bihar State AIDS Control Society Sanjeev Kumar Sinha, however, said: “The allegation that medicines are often out of stock at our anti-retroviral centres and test kits are often unavailable at the government hospitals are not true. Those who are spreading this information are telling lies.”