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People eating meat from animals that feed on Anti-Retroviral drugs risk Liver damage - Experts warn
The warning comes after the state minister of health Sarah Opendi told parliament on Wednesday that she has knowledge that farmers are using ARvs in their animal feed, which is part of the reason there is a shortage of the drugs in some parts of the country.

Veterinary doctors have warned of possible liver damage and low response to treatment for people who consume meat and other products from animals and birds which feed on Anti-Retroviral drugs.

The warning comes after the state minister of health Sarah Opendi told parliament on Wednesday that she has knowledge that farmers are using ARvs in their animal feed, which is part of the reason there is a shortage of the drugs in some parts of the country.

 

On Tuesday, the state minister for health Sarah Opendi, while responding to a query about the shortage of Anti-Retroviral Drugs in Kyotera district, revealed that she had information that the medicine was being used a food supplement for pigs and chickens. These life-prolonging drugs are used to treat HIV/AIDS patients. 

Dr Sylvia Baluka, the president of the Uganda Veterinary Association explained why some farmers have taken to this dangerous trend. She says they first got reports following research conducted in northern Uganda a few years back.

Dr Baluka says farmers giving their livestock ARVs want them to grow faster and fatter. The doctor says humans who eat the meat of animals fed with ARVs run the risk of liver damage and other diseases.She also warns that this breeds a resistance to germs in animals that in turn leads to low response to treatment in the human body when treating other diseases.Dr Baluka says this practice has also led to the rise of non-communicable diseases.