Min­is­ter for Health prom­ises fur­ther gov­ern­ment help for peo­ple with di­a­betes

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Min­is­ter for Health Chris Fearne said yes­ter­day that thanks to the Na­tional Plan against Di­a­betes, the gov­ern­ment will pro­vide fur­ther as­sis­tance to peo­ple suf­fer­ing from this con­di­tion.

While vis­it­ing an ac­tiv­ity or­gan­ised by the As­so­ci­a­tion for Di­a­betes in Sliema, Mr Fearne said that as from next year, peo­ple with di­a­betes will have more medicines listed in the gov­ern­ment's for­mu­lary of medicines, in­clud­ing medicines like gliptins and repaglin­ide. The Min­is­ter said that the free medic­i­nal di­a­betes sticks, which un­til now were five free of charge to chil­dren un­der 18, will now be given to any per­son suf­fer­ing from Type 1 di­a­betes, ir­re­spec­tive of their age.

The plan is to have sticks made avail­able free of charge for peo­ple suf­fer­ing from any type of di­a­betes.

More than 30,000 peo­ple in Malta suffer from di­a­betes he added, and thanked the as­so­ci­a­tion for their help in the com­mu­nity .

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