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Alarm in Taita Taveta Following ARVs and Condom Shortage

A red flag alert has been registered in the minds of Taita Taveta residents, following the a shortage of ARVs and condoms in both public and private hospitals.

This revelation comes to light, after a survey done by the county’s health services department, just a week after teen pregnancy cases spiked, reaching over 2000.

According to the study, as revealed by the County Executive Committee Member in charge of Health Services, John Mwakima, Voi Sub-county is leading in the teen pregnancies, with over 900 girls impregnated.

Speaking after chairing a quarterly County HIV meeting held at the Voi youth offices, Mwakima expressed that early pregnancies became a problem for the County Government, after the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

This came about during the start of this year, we are running low on condoms and also running low on ARVs.

Haki Africa raised the concern some months ago with the health department denying there being the shortage.

HIV/AIDS patients were forced to turn to private facilities for ARVs, where they had to pay huge amounts for the drug, as learnt from Haki Africa officer, Alex Mbela.

I already had been told that the HIV patients are suffering and personally I know of one who was forced to go to a private facility to get the drugs at a cost that is hefty, the county has to do something.

The shortage alert comes amid a huge debt dispute of over Ksh 60 million, that the county owes the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority(KEMSA) that has affected the flow and supply of dris into the county for more than 5 month.

The county however, as recorded by Mwakima, is doing its best to sensitize residents about the rising number of tee pregnancies.

As a department we are trying to put up measures to curb this predicament we are as trying to reach out to other stakeholders to see how they can help us because people are suffering.

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