Government urged to subsidize medications for sickle cell patients

Siaya sickle cell foundation has appealed to the government to consider subsidising sickle cell treatment to enable them lead normal lives.

According to the foundation chairman, George Ong’injo Obiero, sickle cell patients were finding it hard to access medication which they require on a daily basis due to their exorbitant prices.

Speaking during the world sickle cell day celebrations at Ahindi gardens in Siaya town, Obiero said since there was no known cure for sickle cell, the patients had to rely on several medications whenever hit by an attack.

It would be better if the government would offer free treatment in public facilities for sickle cell patients or subsidise the medicine and make them available in public health facilities, he said.

Obiero further appealed to the government to construct special wards in the health facilities to cater for the rising number of patients suffering from the disease, arguing that admitting them in general wards makes them not to receive the special care that they deserve.

He urged Kenyans to embrace sickle cell patients, saying that lack of knowledge about the disease had made many people stigmatise them.

Source: Kenya News Agency