Making ODHA Ease in Yapen, ARV Decentralization Program Launched – The Papua Provincial Health Office launched the Anti Retro Viral (ARV) Drug Decentralization Program at Serui Hospital, Yapen Islands Regency, Saturday, December 4, 2021.

A Head of the P2PM Division of the Papua Provincial Health Office, Doctor Rindam Pribadi, explained that the launch of ARV decentralization aims to facilitate access to morning medicines for ODHA or people with HIV/AIDS.

Under the program, the Health Office will distribute drugs to 4 Community Health Centers (Puskesmas) in the Serui area. “In the future, it can be more effective in carrying out a treatment regularly and more easily obtained by people with HIV/AIDS,” Rindam said, Saturday, December 4, 2021.

According to Rindam, the high number of HIV cases is influenced by the low public awareness of HIV/AIDS. He recorded 46 thousand cases of HIV/AIDS in Papua so far.

“People with HIV/AIDS are still secretive, so many people are still infected with HIV. Until now there are 46 thousand cases in Papua, the most are pregnant women, this is what we must try to decide on these new cases, “said Rindam.

Rindam hopes that PLWHA who have been registered in the Yapen Islands can continue to use ARVs. Moreover, the drug can already be obtained at the Serui City Health Center.

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