Kerala Health Minister makes the announcement
Finance Minister Thomas Issac, while presenting the budget for 2017-18 in the Kerala assembly, announced free medicines through govt hospitals for people suffering from lifestyle diseases like hypertension, diabetes and cholesterol. “I am setting aside Rs 10 crore for revamping facilities at the Kerala State Drugs and Pharmaceuticals which will be producing these medicines,” said Issac, who hails from Alappuzha district, where the factory is based. In Kerala, 22 per cent of the population above the age of 25 has been diagnosed with diabetes and is heading to become the diabetic capital of the country.
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