Jonglei’s only referral hospital hit by shortage of HIV drugs

Jonglei’s only referral hospital hit by shortage of HIV drugs
The facility has been experiencing short of drugs, including immune booster, ARVs – used to suppress HIV virus. [Courtesy]

Health workers at Malual Chat Military Hospital are decrying acute shortage of essential drugs including Antiretroviral (ARVs) drugs.

ARV is a drug used to suppress Human Immunodeficiency Virus – HIV, a virus that causes AIDS.

The only referral facility in drugs in Jonglei State, Malual Chat has been grappling with under supply of the commodities for some time, said the facility patron, John Lueth Mach.

He called on the government and state quickly bridge the gap by supplying the essential drugs.

“We are facing many challenges, especially with HIV (ARV) drugs,” Lueth noted.

He stressed that bailing out of the hospital would not only help the military but also the surrounding communities that live around the barrack.

John added that the hospital lacks enough beds in wards, adding that there is a need to increase the capacity.

Jonglei State Minister of Health, Atong Kuol Manyang promised that her ministry would look into the matter.

“We know that there is no other PHCC near here, and with that, we are looking forward to supporting you such that you will also be able to support the surrounding communities around the barrack.

Atong added that she will lobby for support from member partners to provide them in areas of need.