Kenya, India in Sh100m deal for drugs

Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki. FILE
Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The Indian government has entered a deal with Kenya’s health ministry for the supply of essential medicine worth Sh100 million.

Indian High Commissioner to Kenya Suchitra Durai said the government- to- government collaboration will incorporate antiretroviral (ARV’s) treatment and other essential medicines.

She was speaking at the Ministry of Health headquarters in Naairobi where she delivered the first batch of nutrition supplements for tuberculosis patients worth Sh10 million.

“Our government cooperation goes a long way and part of this is the Prime ministers’ pledge to gift Kenya a million-dollar worth of drugs including ARVs and this is just the first batch,” she said.

Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki said the tablets donated would be delivered to over 42,000 patients in 4,000 facilities. “This donation will foster better outcomes among patients taking anti TB medicines and those with micronutrient deficiency,” she said.

About 1.5 million Kenyans have HIV and the government provides free drugs to more than a million of them with the help of donors.

The donation comes at a times when donor funding for Aids drugs in low-income and low middle-income countries such as Kenya has shrunk.