Subsidized acquisition of drugs helps hospital offer affordable healthcare services
SEE ALSO :Inside a Kenyan hospiceAnd because of this, the facility is now attracting clients from most parts of Nairobi County, Kiambu and Ongata Rongai in Kajiado. He says: "Cosmos Limited is helping the facility achieve its mission of commitment to help improve the lives of the poor, accessing health care at lower cost. They have helped us promote community health for close to 15 years now,” Kinyanjui said. Moses Okumu whose father is suffering from hypertension says he comes to Amurt to get drugs because they are affordable and of good quality. "My father's condition is chronic and he requires expensive drugs. But here, they treat and get drugs at affordable prices," says Okumu who lives in Lenana along Ngong Road. Rolando Satzke, Cosmos Chief Executive Officer says their partnership with Amurt Health Care Centre has benefitted many people.
SEE ALSO :Strike takes its toll on patientsHe says many the patients with chronic diseases drop out of treatment due to the high cost of drugs. "We resolved to partner to reduce the cost of chronic diseases in the community and keep patients on the drugs," he explained. Follow-ups After treatment, the hospital does follow-ups for non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cancers to ensure patienst continue with drugs. The follow-ups are done by community health workers. He reveals that consultation has been Sh100 for a long time, but because of other factors, the amount has been increased to Sh200. "Still Sh200 consultation is cheaper compared to other facilities out there." Kinyanjui reveals in a day, they attend to at least 100 patients. Vimal P Patel, Cosmos Managing Director says when they started operating in Kenya in 1984, one of their aims was to reduce the cost of healthcare. "The high cost of medical care is partly due to the high cost of drugs. By partnering and offering subsidised drugs, we reduce the cost of treatment," he says.
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