Medication for HIV patients remain scarce in Belize. A few months ago, we reported on the shortage of the anti-retroviral treatment for HIV infected persons. A few months ago, the report came from Activist Geovanni Brackett coupled with allegations of corruption within the Ministry of Health. Fast forward today and there is still a shortage. According to the Chairlady of the National AIDS Commission, the situation is being handled efficiently.
Laura Tucker Longsworth, Chairlady, National AIDS Commission: “Unfortunately there was a supplier issue, it’s not because Belize – you know the government of Belize all of us through our monies provide medication to HIV persons without cost, free of cost but the supplies come from certain areas and we have to go after the best prices and unfortunately for whatever reason, and I don’t think that you can justify that it happened it should never happen, the suppliers informed us very late that they could not provide us with the quantity that we would require. Anyhow the Ministry has been working and did get supplies so we do have supplies in country for our citizens. The antiretroviral is critically important because it suppresses, if it’s taken consistently it suppresses the virus. I know that adjustments were made for the treatment so there was medication there was some shifts, to answer that question it would have to answer it in terms of were they viral load tested in terms of their effectiveness and I don’t have that information.”