TAC pickets over lack of ART
By Cindy Witten
27 February 2009
The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) picketed outside the Free State Provincial Parliament in Bloemfontein today in protest against the ongoing failure of the Free State Department of Health to lift the moratorium on antiretroviral treatment.
The TAC says that since November last year the moratorium has been put in place, but some of the ART sites are still not initiating new patients onto drugs.
The TAC’s Sello Mokhalipi says that this is unacceptable because people are suffering as a result of this violation of their constitutional rights to health.
“We are passing the message that the issue of ARV’s should be considered as a very critical and crucial issue,” said Mokhalipi.
According to research done, the TAC estimates that in the Free State 30 people die everyday because of the province's failure to make ART available to all those in need.