India donates TB drugs to cater for 42,000 Kenyans

At least 42,000 Kenyans will receive TB treatment after the government of India donated TB drugs worth Sh.10 million to Kenya.

The drugs will be distributed to 4, 000 facilities across the country that cater for TB patients.

The Health Cabinet Secretary (CS), Sicily Kariuki said the drugs were 7.5 million capsules.

Speaking while receiving the consignment at Afya House on Thursday, Kariuki said the donation would foster better outcomes among patients taking anti TB medicines and those with micro nutrient deficiencies.

She lauded the Indian government for donating the Bhabhaton cancer machine to Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).

Kariuki added that the Kenyan government is also investing in advanced and well equipped diagnostic and treatment facilities such as managed equipment services that was expected to reduce the number of Kenyans travelling to India for treatment.

The Indian High Commissioner to Kenya, Ms. Suchitra Durai said that the cooperation between Kenya and India on health has been there for a long time.

She said the cooperation includes capacity building in health, training of 70 cardiologists among other health specialists.

The cancer machine which is in operation at KNH treats 80 patients per day, she said.

The envoy said India would continue partnering with Kenya to ensure eradication of major diseases.

In March this year, World Health Organization (WHO) put the number of deaths on Tuberculosis at approximately 29, 000 in 2017.

WHO said that more than half of persons estimated to have TB were not diagnosed and treated.

During the World Tuberculosis day on March 24th this year Kenya put the actual number of people who contract the diseases every year at 138, 105.

World leaders must show their commitment to ensure that everyone affected by TB gets the right diagnosis, treatment and care, WHO said on Twitter.

Source: Kenya News Agency