MP Cautions Govt on Financial Risks of New HIV Treatment
The Kigamboni Member of Parliament, Dr. Faustine Ndungulile, has cautioned the Government on the financial implications and health risks of introducing Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) to all HIV-positive individuals regardless of their CD4 count.
Dr Ndungulile, who is also Chairperson of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) Advisory Group on HIV/Aids, has said that it was too “risky” to put an HIV-positive patient on life-long ARVs, and then stop in the middle of the course of treatment due to lack of funding for the medications.
However, he was quick to point out that it was a welcome move for the government to introduce the “test and treat all approach” for people living with HIV (PLWH) in Tanzania, especially during this era when there is a global clamor for universal health coverage.
The MP’s remarks come at time when people in Tanzania and the rest of the world are inching closer to marking World Aids Day (on 1st December), but already, many experts are concerned about the ability of the governments and donor agencies in meeting the global targets of taming