Sticking on the issue of finances, there is an update to give you tonight on the acquisition of HIV retroviral medication. Recently, we had reported on a shortage of the medication. Director of Health Services, Doctor Marvin Manzanero, told the media that Belize will be receiving a loan of the medication from Trinidad until the Ministry of Health is able to procure their own. Doctor Manzanero also clarified that is it only Belize City that is experiencing the shortage.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “We have a loan that is coming from Trinidad and Tobago, I don’t know when the arrival date of that is going to be.
Reporter: A loan of the medication ?
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “Of the medication until the medication that we have procured arrives in I believe the first week of December. One medication that I think we had stocked out, we did stock out of a triple combination but we still had the three medications in separate pills so you would not be getting a pill and I think that is one of the stories that was on the news. When we looked out on what it was the patient was not going to be getting that one pill but he could have gotten the three medications separately so you have to take three pills instead of one; inconvenient but it’s an opportunity. What the rules will tell you is that if you have only two that is not the ideal two of the three medications then you at least taking that until your other medication comes along. I’m not so sure you would have an acute death if you suspect it abruptly I mean more than likely what happens is you develop resistance over the course of time. What I can tell you is our overall adherence rate in people who should be taking antiretrovirals is very low, in some communities you have 30% adherence when it should be – because people talk about a life saving drug it’s only going to be a life saving drug if you take it every single day for the rest of your life and when you do that mapping exercise you have 30% adherence in some communities so people take their medication 30% of the time or take 30% of the prescribed medication. So inasmuch medication as we may have if you are not taking the way it’s supposed to be, then we are not really going to be doing that much impact.”