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The Medical Research Foundation hit with a drug shortage, saying they cannot adequately treat HIV/AIDS patients

NEWS GRAPHIC 15The Medical Research Foundation said they are short on drugs to treat with HIV/AIDS patients. As a result, senior staffers are calling on acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Colin Furlonge, to resign, alleging he was not qualified for the job.

At a press conference held yesterday at the MRF head office on Queen’s Park East, Port-of-Spain, Programme Director, Professor Courtenay Bartholomew said the facility at which “the very first HIV/AIDS vaccine trial was conducted by the MRF, is now short of drugs to treat its patients.

The MRF was also starved of funds to conduct research. Senior staff members complained that there have been no CD4 kits in the laboratory for HIV/AIDS patients.

The absence of such kits will result in poor patient care, causing a major risk to their lives. For the past four years, the MRF said that it has owed creditors over $550,000 including rent in the sum of
$117,000.

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