The Commission has given four weeks' time to the Ministry to submit a report in this connection.

"In the matter of shortage of life saving medicines for HIV patients, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has not been able to give a reply to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) even after the expiry of two weeks' deadline, which was communicated to it on September 16," it said in a statement issued on Friday.
The NHRC, vied a reminder on October 28 has given four weeks' time to the Ministry, through its Secretary, to submit the report, the statement added.
Taking cognisance of a media report on August 26 that the treatment and control of HIV, including dispensing drugs and testing was handled by the government-run public health programme through 355 odd centres.
"However, due to severe stock-outs of life saving medicines at these centres, treatment of HIV patients across India had taken a hit. The worst affected centres were in Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Manipur. Out of these, Government-owned centres in Delhi and Mumbai cities were hit the most," the statement said.
According to the report, Delhi Network of Positive People (DNP+), an NGO representing HIV patients, had sought emergency procurement and relocation of stocks to the government-owned centres experiencing stock-outs of ARVS.
It had also sought strengthening and streamlining drug forecasting, procurement and supply chain mechanism to prevent future shortages.

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