After several researchers and reports confirmed that Ugandans are consuming pork and chicken from animals fed on ARVs, RX Radio presenter Olive Najjuma wondered who sells the ARVs to farmers.
The report showed that 2 in every 10 pork and chicken products are from animals fed on AIDS drugs to boost their growth and fat.
According to the findings, the drugs are likely to cause obesity and drug resistance in people living with HIV.
“The question is where are they getting these ARVs because to the best of my knowledge, ARVs are supplied by the government of Uganda and are not sold,” said Olive.
James Onen reasoned that the shortage of ARVs usually in health centers may be resulting from such incidents. “So, what is going on? It seems medical officers are underpaid and are selling ARVs to farmers," Olive added.
The duo expressed concern over the adverse effects of consuming chicken, such as obesity which has now taken a toll on people.
Hence Fatboy said, “To the farmers that are abusing these ARVs and injecting them in their poultry and pigs, please end this practice because not only is it weird and freakish, there are sick people that need them, and so can it contribute to several other health conditions.”
The Fatboy show is hosted by James Onen aka Fatboy, Olive, and Sarah every weekday from 6 am to 10 am on RX Radio.