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Nov 6, 2019

M.O.H. Yet to Receive New Stock of HIV Meds

Belize has yet to re-stock on anti-retroviral medication. Belize City clinics are completely out of stock of the much needed medication and clinics in other districts are running low.  The shortage of medication is of concern for persons with HIV/AIDS because not taking the meds can cause the virus to become resistant to the drugs.  The Ministry of Health has placed two orders with a supplier in India but the medication has yet to arrive.  Director of Health Services Doctor Marvin Manzanero says that a loan has been secured from Trinidad and Tobago, but the arrival date of the meds is uncertain at the moment.


Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“We have a loan that is coming from Trinidad and Tobago. I don’t know when the arrival date of that is going to be.”


Marvin Manzanero


“The loan of the medication?”


Dr. Marvin Manzanero

“Of the medication until the medication that we have procured arrives in the first week of December.  How do you try to make sure that it doesn’t happen again? How do you defend smaller economies such are our when you are having issues across the country. I can tell you that I spoke personally to the program director from El Salvador directly. I said can you loan us. She said, no I can’t because I myself I am having a delay in medication that were suppose to arrive are just getting in to El Salvador I can’t possible lend you any medication. I know that when we went to PAHO the only country that could have afforded us a loan was Trinidad and Tobago.”


Hipolito Novelo

“So is it a countrywide stock out? Because I know that the Belize City clinics had stocked out and I know some patients had to travel to San Pedro for pills.”


Dr. Marvin Manzanero

“We had only stocked out in Belize City. Once we did our mapping we had medications. So what we had to do is shift some medications around. I know last week somebody brought medications that were in Stann Creek to Orange Walk to try to bridge that gap.”

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