NHRC notice to Health Ministry over shortage of HIV drugs

Taking cognisance of media reports that life saving medicines for HIV patients, are out of stock in metros like Delhi and Mumbai, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and asked for a report within two weeks.

Describing the shortage of drugs as “a serious issue of violation of human rights of HIV patients,” the Commission directed the Ministry to submit a report on the short term and long term measures proposed for preventing shortages of such essential medicines.

The NHRC said in a statement that treatment and control of HIV, including dispensing drugs and testing, was handled by the government run public health programme through 355 centres and stock-outs have hit centres in Delhi, Maharashtra,Gujarat, Karnataka and Manipur the most.

“According to the media report, Delhi Network of Positive People (DNP+) representing HIV patients, has sought emergency procurement and relocation of stocks to the government owned centres experiencing stock-outs of antiretrovirals (ARVS). It has also sought strengthening and streamlining drug forecasting, procurement and supply chain mechanism to prevent future shortages,” the statement said.

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