The division of Epidemiology and Disease Control has started the process of procuring Rs. 135 million worth of medicines for non-communicable diseases for the current fiscal year.
The Division, which is also responsible for the increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases in the country. The medicines will be distributed to the state-run healthcare in selected 51 districts.
Head of the Department of Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health, Dr Phanindra Prasad Baral said that they have already begun the process to buy those medicines for free delivery from the government health facility and will ensure certain medicines for non-communicable diseases in all state-run health facilities throughout the country from next fiscal year.
According to Baral, the division plans to buy medicines for non-communicable diseases such as mental health, hypertension, diabetes, respiratory diseases and heart diseases. Last year, the division purchased Rs 50 millions of dollars worth of medicines for non-communicable diseases and was distributed through state-run health facilities in 31districts.
Director at the division, Dr Bibek Kumar Lal said that his office has been trying to convince concerned agencies under the Health Ministry to increase the budget for non-communicable diseases.
The Ministry of Health and Population provides more than 70 types of medicines of communicable and non-communicable diseases to all district hospitals with at least 25 beds. Patients receive more than 60 types of essential medicines from the primary healthcare centres and 35 types of medicines from health posts.