The Ministry of Health has refuted claims that no HIV drugs meant for Kenya were diverted due to non payment of taxes by the government.
“The Ministry wishes to clarify that no single dose of ARV procured by the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through USAID for Kenya has been diverted to any other country due to non-payment of taxes imposed by the Government,” read part of a statement.
The Ministry further pointed out that all health products procured under PEPFAR and the Global Fund are tax exempt.
“Antiretroviral drugs medicines for Opportunistic Infections (Ols) for adult and pediatric patients, Laboratory and Nutrition commodities are procured by the Government of Kenya,” said MOH.
The Health Ministry through its division of National AIDS and STI Control Program (NASCOP) oversees the distribution of all health products.
The Ministry said that procurement under the PEPFAR funding stream is on-going with shipment from the various vendors expected in the country beginning this January.