AIDS programme back on track

Nigeria's AIDS treatment programme, recently hampered by anti-AIDS drug shortages, has had its stocks replenished, the Ministry of Health has said.

AIDS activists criticised the government for its poor handling of the programme when it faltered in September and ran out of supplies.

Ministry spokesman Ayo Osinlu, said the government had since placed a US $3.7 million emergency antiretroviral drug order for the programme.

Osinlu was quoted by the Associated Press agency as saying: "The drugs are here now and the 25 treatment centres are now being replenished. An additional $11 million has been allocated in the 2004 budget to buy more drugs."