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Patients suffering from four non-communicable diseases in Nandi and Kisumu counties can now access the vital medicines required to treat and manage their conditions at the minimal cost of Kshs 150 a month after the roll out of a programme dubbed Norvatis Access in these counties.

The programme will be providing the vital medicines for Hypertension, Diabetes, Breast Cancer and Asthma at all government and mission hospitals in Nandi and Kisumu with an aim of stepping up efforts to combat the rising number of deaths occasioned by NCDs in Kenya. 

 

This comes at a time when the World Health Organization has highlighted the high occurrence of NCDs at 80% in low and middle income countries, where most of the world's population lives. Making the announcement, Dr. Jonathan Kiliko, the Head of Customer Services & Training Division at Mission for Essential Drugs and Supplies (MEDS) said that doctors have an important role to play in managing NCDs in Kenya and as such, they should prescribe NCD medicines to patients based on need, efficacy and relevance and not incentives from pharmaceutical companies.

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