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Why Kenyans would rather go to a pharmacy

Friday March 11 2011

I read last Saturday’s Nation’s story on Self Medication.

Having been used to the UK system, I was surprised that you could purchase prescription drugs over the counter in Kenya without a prescription.

That was until recently when I was hospitalised for 12 days.

On discharge, I was handed a Sh859,726 bill, which included Sh553,831 for drugs and surgical.

Amongst the items charged for were an identity bracelet, needles and syringes, five boxes of surgical gloves and a daily charge for using the hospital pharmacy of Sh375.

A chemist told me I would have saved nearly 40 percent on the open market.

Having experienced the above it is no wonder that Kenyans trust their pharmacists more than their doctors.

PETER I. NICHOLLS, Nairobi