Ugandan Doctors Infected With HIV on Duty to Get Free AIDS Drugs: Official
January 8, 2003
Ugandan doctors who become infected with HIV on duty will get free treatment, according to Elizabeth Madraa, director of the sexually transmitted infection/AIDS control program of Uganda's Ministry of Health. The announcement, made Tuesday, was reported in the Monitor newspaper. The drugs will be provided through the Uganda Multi-sectoral AIDS Project (MAP) and the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. "The drug will be given immediately after the health worker is exposed, if he/she has prior knowledge that the patient is HIV-positive," Madraa said. The government has $3 million from MAP to make the first purchase and expects another $9 million from the Global Fund. Madraa would not commit on dates for the free treatment but said it would start soon. Policy documents are being drafted to determine who else will be exempted from paying for the treatment and who will be given subsidized prices, she said.Adapted from:
Xinhua News Agency
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