Diabetics in Trans Nzoia have urged the County government through the Ministry of Health to avail more drugs and essential services for them in hospitals. In a County function, some patients disclosed that they are going through tough conditions owing to inability to access drugs-with the cost of treatment expensive-and stigma. They, however, encouraged those patients affected by the disease to follow the health directives given to them.
Nurses at the function led by Florence Majimbo and Doctor Evans Manuthu appealed to the County government of Trans Nzoia to provide sufficient medical drugs, “Some of the products include insulin drugs and syringes which if not provided on time will impact negatively to the patients’ well being. We are appealing to the County government to make the work of nurses easier, since the task we have is enormous,” said Florence.
They also lauded the County government for ensuring Diabetes patients aged below 18 years get free treatment. On their part, Trans Nzoia Health CEC Claire Wanyama and Deputy Governor Stanley Kenei Tarus promised to heed to the requests of nurses and urged them to divulge any grievances they have to the County administration. The disease prevalence is high in Kiminini sub county, closely followed by Cherangany. They disclosed that the County government is partnering with Cherangany hospitals to sensitize the public on the disease as well as encouraging them to register with NHIF.