MoH gets KD12m to buy heart, cancer medicines

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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 26: The Ministry of Health (MoH) said the supply of medicines, medical supplies and equipment continues to provide the best healthcare for all patients and visitors, and to ensure that their treatment protocols prescribed by doctors in government clinics and hospitals are not affected, especially patients suffering from chronic diseases, reports Al-Qabas daily. The sources added that the ministry, within the framework of its role entrusted to it in providing medicines and medical supplies, has finally obtained the approvals from the regulatory authorities regarding the supply of separate medicines for the treatment of cancer and heart diseases, believed to be worth 12 million dinars.

The daily indicated that it was approved to import more than one drug for cancer patients, at different prices, noting the Ministry of Health’s keenness on patients’ safety and the continuation of patients receiving their treatment without any significant obstacles in all health facilities. The ministry added that the recent approvals included the supply of medicines for diabetics in centers and hospitals at a cost of 3.8 million dinars, in addition to other medicines for the treatment of respiratory diseases at 3.6 million dinars, and treatments for heart and high blood pressure patients at 5.2 million dinars, and medicines for the treatment of rheumatoid patients at 2 million dinars, pointing to the imminent supply of other medicines for the treatment of patients with anemia worth 2.2 million dinars.

The sources pointed out that there are strict instructions for officials in public health centers and hospitals to monitor the medicines and medical supplies disbursed through the pharmacies to prevent misuse or waste and to preserve public money. In the meantime, the sources said the ministry is closely monitoring any observations it receives related to the weakness or lack of availability of any pharmaceutical items in all its facilities.

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