Government provides free drugs for patients

The Borno State Government has disclosed plans to provide free drugs to patients suffering from life-threatening diseases.

The Commissioner of Health, Dr. Salma Kolo, on Sunday said the objective was to help save the lives of poor patients who could not afford to buy drugs.

Kolo said the state government was also working on plans to overhaul the Drugs Revolving Fund in government hospitals to make it more effective.

She added that a consultant had already been engaged to carry out an in-depth assessment of the fund with a view to carrying out its overhaul.

“The essence is to reposition the fund to ensure that affordable quality drugs are made available in a decentralised manner to all healthcare facilities across the state,” Kolo said.

She said that the state had about 158 leprosy patients getting free treatment.

“We have also placed 2,384 tuberculosis patients on free drugs. We also have 16,395 people living with HIV and AIDS receiving anti-retroviral drugs in our hospitals.”

The commissioner added that the state did not record any cholera outbreak in the last year as a result of preventive measures put in place by the government.

“Borno state is guinea worm-free; it is also free from cholera and Cerebro-Spinal Meningitis outbreak,” she said. “We also conducted sensitisation of healthcare workers on Lassa fever and created public awareness among the people on the disease.”

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