Adama August 21/2013 Ethiopian Pharmaceuticals Fund and Supply Agency announced that it has allocated two billion Birr for two years to strengthen HIV/AIDS treatment being provided in 3,000 health stations across the country.
Speaking on a relevant meeting held in Adama Town, Oromia State pharmaceuticals and medical equipments procurement, forecast and capacity building director with the Agency, Yared Yigezu said the finance will be used to buy ART and other related medication.
He said Agency has allocated a total of 11 billion Birr to buy medicines and medical equipments for two years (for 2006 and 2007 EC).
He said construction of 17 warehouses is being carried out in all regions with a view to ensure accessibility of basic drugs in health stations.
According to the director, construction of the warehouses is expected to be completed at the end of December.
The Agency had distributed medicines and medical equipments valued at 5.6 billion Birr during the concluded budget year, he said.
Project and grant management coordination head with the Federal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office, Dr. Tsegaye Legese said on his part that 308,000 persons living with HIV/AIDS benefited from the service provided in 870 health stations and hospitals across the country.
He said Office has set target to provide ART service for 360,000 people during the current budget year.
Mothers' Health Advisor at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Tadese Ketema said in 2005 budget year 2,044 health stations provided PMTCT service (prevention of mother to child transmission of the disease).
He said the service enabled the nation to raise PMTCT coverage to 25.5 percent from the previous 9.3 percent.
The number of health stations which provided the service increased by 1,000 compared to the previous year.
According to him, nation has set target to provide PMTCT service in all health stations thereby raise the coverage to 80 percent.