"As for antiretrovirals, we say it is a challenge at this time, not only in Angola, but it is a global challenge. Angola has also strengthened its 'stock', it has done its best, but there is always one or another drug where there is a difficulty," said the Minister of Health, Sílvia Lutucuta.
Speaking at a press conference, on Thursday night, the governor argued that antiretroviral factories are fundamentally in China and India "and these markets at this time are in difficulty, as a result of covid-19".
"We are working in partnership with United Nations agencies, some antiretrovirals have arrived recently", said the minister, who admitted the need for the country to "greatly increase" stocks of these medicines.
"And we are doing everything we can to ensure that our patients do not lack medicines," she said.
The Angolan Network of AIDS and Greater Endemic Services Organizations (Anaso) announced, on Thursday, that Angola has run out of stocks of second line antiretroviral drugs and that the situation "could extend" to first line drugs.