Medics bemoan lack of care for HIV+ children
24 June 2014, 17:40
Vihiga - Vihiga county Director of Health, Dr Quido Ahindukha says many children suffering from HIV/AIDs are being denied treatment by their parents.
Dr Ahindukha said health facilities in the county were reporting low numbers of children being brought for HIV and AIDs medication as compared to adults.
"Statistics reveal that 1 300 children from the county are HIV positive. Out of this number, only 769 access medication," said Ahindukha.
He was addressing a Vihiga County Consultative Forum on HIV and AIDs at Sosa Hotel.
Governor Moses Akaranga's wife, Elizabeth, opened the forum that brought together stakeholders from the county.
County Executive Committee member in charge of Health, Zilpa Andiva attended the forum.
Mrs Akaranga said that she was working towards helping women who are tasked with taking care of such victims.
"Women are hit hard by effects of HIV and AIDs because they are left with the burden of taking care of victims with meager resources and I am collaborating with the county with the view of helping those with such responsibilities," she said.
She pledged that mobile clinics will be set up to sensitise people on the HIV and AIDs pandemic with the view of controlling its spread and ensure access to medication, and urged women to make use of the facilities available and deliver in hospitals for their safety.
Ahindukha said more than 19 628 children are orphaned by HIV and AIDs adding that 9 618 of the orphans lead a poor and miserable life.
"Out of this number of poor children, only 769 - which is 41 percent of total infected - get assistance from the government," he said.
Mrs Andiva noted that partners were offering to supplement government's input in the health sector, adding that the county had put more emphasis on primary health care in line with Akaranga's manifesto.
Andiva said the county government had received a consignment of drugs, among them ARVs to be supplied to hospitals.
She added that the stock of ARVs had depleted adding that the county would supply more drugs this week.
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