It may sound almost totally unbelievable. Yet, diabetics in Jeddah who cannot afford diabetic medication will have it sent to them for free and it will be delivered to their front door for free at the end of each month.
The Saudi General Administration for Medical Supplies (GAMS) at the Ministry of Health has instructed medical centres so and advised diabetics to register at the nearest centre.
Initially just Saudi non-insulin diabetes mellitus patients are included. The program was launched by the Minister of Health Dr. Hamad Al-Manie and the medical centres started receiving diabetics’ applications yesterday.
“The goal is to help diabetes patients who cannot afford their medication to have it,” said Dr. Abdullah Alzahrani, vice president of Health Affairs at the GAMS. “We hope when every diabetic registers at his/her nearest medical centre we will be able to help as much people as possible.”
Alzahrani said diabetics who take insulin are not excluded from the programmen, but because their cases need more planning this will be postponed for now.
According to Abdulrahman Alsahafi, spokesman for GAMS, medical centres will provide patinet information about those who need medication to GAMS. And of course all the information needs to be accurate prior to receiving any such medication.

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