The article aims to bring to light the plight of patients suffering from other life threatening diseases in light of COVID-19. It brings to the forefront the lack of access to medicines and services for diseases like TB and HIV, as the health system grapples with COVID-19, and its consequences, Specially for TB and HIV, without timely medication, patients are at risk of developing drug resistance, making it harder for their medicines to work when they do get back on them. This, in turn, would mean deteriorating health and lower life expectancy. While the article highlights how the nation’s attempts to address one public health crisis might end up severely jeopardising efforts to end others, it also provides reccomendations on maintaining a balancing act.
Authored by Aarefa Johari.