There are enough ARV drugs in Zimbabwe: Natpharm

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Mirirai Nsingo

THE National Pharmaceutical Company of Zimbabwe has assured the nation that there is enough anti-retroviral medication to cater for all people living with HIV under the national programme.

National Pharmaceutical Company of Zimbabwe (NatPharm) acting operations manager, Zealous Nyabadza told ZTN that while shipment of medicines was disrupted by Covid-19 restrictions, the country is still on the safe side.

“Shipment for the other lines (ARVs) has begun and we should have received them by end of year. While there were disruptions caused by Covid-19 restrictions globally, we are still on the safe side as we had stocks for this year,” he said.

Nyabadza said before the onset of the first Covid-19 lockdown in Zimbabwe, NatPharm distributed stocks of seven months to all facilities across the country.

“Before the onset of the first lockdown, we distributed stocks that last for at least seven months. We feared for the worst as Covid-19 had already severely affected other parts of the world so we were not sure how long the lockdown was going to last.

“So what could be happening is that health facilities have been cautiously distributing ARVs and because of the uncertainty, that’s why they reduced from 3 months’ stock to giving a month stock.”

At least 1, 3 million people are living with HIV in Zimbabwe.