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Govt blames hospitals for poor distribution of ARV drugs

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 8 2011   /  08:00 am

The government said lethargic hospital managements were to blame for the poor distribution of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs desperately needed by people with HIV.

Health Ministry director general of communicable diseases, HM Subuh, said ARV service centers in hospitals frequently sent late reports on ARV drug shortages, resulting in delays in getting ARV drugs from a central distributor to the service centers.

He said that this year, service centers at five hospitals in five regencies in three provinces — West Kalimantan, Gorontalo and South Sulawesi — did not report that they had run out of ARV drugs or had low stocks to the ministry’s Directorate General of Communicable Diseases.

“They forgot to examine their stock. Once they checked, they had run out for some time,” Subuh said.

As a result, service centers were forced to wait before receiving more AR...