Government urged to waive costs of medication for non-communicable diseases

The government has been asked to waive all levies on treatment of non-communicable diseases to enable patients easily access medication.

Speaking while marking world diabetes day in Kitale town, Diabetes Association (KDA) chairperson Stephen Musyoka said the costs of meeting medication for diabetic patients was high,forcing majority to abscond medication.

Musyoka noted that diabetes Type one, which is hereditary, was very expensive and drugs prescribed were out of reach by most patients.

The patients, according to the chairperson, spent up to S,000 per month on insulin alone, making it expensive for those who have meagre earnings.

We have had some of our patients turning to herbalists for treatment because they were a little bit cheaper, he said adding that due to lack of knowledge, some have even turned to witchcraft.

He encouraged residents to go for tests for non-communicable diseases, adding that once diagnosed, one can manage the diseases.

Trans Nzoia County has more than 1000 diabetics who are registered members of the Association.

The chairperson said that members receive training on management of the disease and most of them live a healthy life.

Dr. Evans Manuthu, said diabetes falls under emerging chronic diseases, whose cost are expensive but can be managed.

Dr. Manuthu said that currently,700 diabetics are managed at the Kitale County Referral Hospital, while more than 60 other patients are taken care at seven satellite clinics in the County.

Source: Kenya News Agency