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Rwandan Government subsidizes cost of Drugs for Mental Health Patients

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The President of Rwanda Paul Kagame. (Photo by Nicolas Kovarik/IP3/Getty Images)

More and more, Rwanda is proving that it’s set on being a country that puts the survival of its citizens first.

According to AllAfrica, the country’s Ministry of Health, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, is subsidizing the cost of drugs for mental health patients.

Prices are being slashed by up to 70% in what is a 5-year deal with the pharmaceutical giant.

Drugs for Schizophrenia, which the Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) has said accounts for 26% of mental illnesses in the country, are being slashed from Rwf30,000 (about ₦13,000) down to Rwf5,000 (about ₦2100).

The Director of Psychiatric Care at RBC, Jean Damascene Iyamuremye, said:

Risperdal was introduced 5 years ago. In the beginning, one dose was at Rwf100,000 for patients without health insurance – they required three doses a year. It has since reduced to Rwf 30,000 but still many people would not afford it. Now, we expect the price to reduce up to Rwf5,000 thanks to this partnership.

Photo Credit: Nicolas Kovarik/IP3/Getty Images

5 Comments

  1. jokobaba

    August 10, 2018 at 1:02 am

    Kagame is the only African leader with a brain.

    • tony

      August 10, 2018 at 2:00 am

      Mehn!!!! U SPOKE MY MIND… GHANA PRESIDENT RIGHT BEHIND HIM… MUMU BUHARI NKO/???SMH

  2. Anna

    August 10, 2018 at 6:02 am

    Rwanda is the size of one small state in Nigeria. But still, Kagame has done well.

  3. Bridget

    August 10, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Is it about good leadership or country [email protected] Anna

    • Anna

      August 10, 2018 at 3:08 pm

      Good leadership, no doubt. But the size makes it easier to govern the country, and makes the effect of his leadership more pronounced. [email protected]

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