28 Jul DALLEY WANTS ANSWERS ON SHORTAGE OF ANTI-RETROVIRAL DRUGS
Kingston, Jamaica, July 24, 2017: The People’s National Party is calling on the Ministry of Health to urgently address reports that the nation is faced with a severe shortage of anti-retroviral drugs, critical to the treatment of HIV-AIDS.
Opposition Spokesman on Health, Horace Dalley, described the report as alarming and is asking the Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton to immediately investigate this issue and provide an update to the country.
“The health system is at a critical and fragile state and every effort must be made at this time to prevent another crisis which could have crippling effect on the system,” Dalley said.
Additionally, Dalley is reminding the health ministry of Jamaica’s mandate to increase the number of people known to be infected with HIV and AIDS who are receiving antiretroviral medication from approximately 9,000 to just over 30,000.
“This is important in the nation’s effort to significantly reduce the levels of infection and to meet the World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidelines of “Test and Treat”, Dalley said.