200 Mogadishu HIV/Aids Patients Locked Out Of Life Saving Aid Amid Denial By BRA
At least 200 HIV/Aids and 290 Tuberculosis patients have been locked out of accessing life-saving medical help after a center in Mogadishu's Shibis district was destroyed. The patients took to the streets of Mogadishu to protest a decision by the Shibis district to destroy the medical center which administers Anti-Retroviral(ARV) tablets to people infected with HIV and Aids. There has been a twist of events with the Banaadir Regional Adminstration denying that the center treated HIV/Aids patients. BRA is accusing medical charity Mercy Corps of "spreading propaganda" of treating HIV patients at the Shibis center. "Shibis district has also confirmed that there is no cases of HIV patients treated at the medical center" ShIbis district commissioner Safia Sheikh Radio Dalsan has learnt that there has been a push and pull between Mercy Corps which funds the project and BRA. The center has been operational in the last 12 years and at the time of its destruction it was treating 200 HIV Aids Patients and 290 TB cases.