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Ghana: 12,000 Kumasi HIV/AIDS Patients Dying

July 30, 2013

Early in 2012, a section of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) that served 12,000 HIV/AIDS patients in Ghana's Ashanti region closed for renovation. Hospital authorities stated the renovations were necessary to correct structural defects that allowed TB to spread among the hospital's patients. Before closing the HIV section, KATH officials gave HIV-infected patients a four-month supply of antiretroviral therapy (ART), but made no other provisions to continue HIV care during the construction. Although officials expected renovations to be complete in four months, construction has stopped and the HIV section remains closed. The contractors reported that KATH claimed it had no funds to pay for the work.

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