Peshawar: The provincial government in collaboration with Novartis Pharma will provide free medicines to almost all needy patients suffering from blood cancer in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The project will cost Rs. 8.1 billion for 8 years, giving support to the patients at zero cost.
In this regard agreement between Novartis and the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department was signed today in presence of Minister Health, Syed Zahir Ali Shah, Chief Secretary, Ghulam Dastagir Khan and Additional Chief Secretary, Attaullah Khan while Secretary Health, Muneer Azam and Dr. Imran Rasheed of Novartis signed the agreement.
There are around 12000 patients of CML in Pakistan. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa alone has around 800-1000 patients and the number is increasing year after year. Keeping the need in mind, the government initiated this public private partnership to support the indigent patients who cannot afford their treatment cost.
The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has agreed to support 2 month therapy for the patients worth Rs. 190 million per year for 3 years whereas Novartis will support the remaining 10 months therapy. This public private partnership helps government to achieve their vision “Stepping towards Better Health” and giving benefit to the patients from a better working health care delivery system, particularly the poorest.
Talking on this occasion, Health Minister Syed Zahir Ali Shah and Chief Secretary stressed upon all the personnel of Health Department to reach out to each and every patient so that they could avail of the facility. They said that in case the number of patients increased, they would also be provided such facility on such terms and conditions between the parties to the agreement i.e. Health Department and Novartis.
For more information, contact:
Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Tel: +9291 921 6889 (Ext 106)