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The Ministry of Health Pays Attention To MS Patients

The Ministry of Health in Amman will provide two clinics for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients at Al Bashir8-7-2010-2 and Prince Hamzah hospitals, according to a senior health official. “The Ministry will also work to ensure that MS patients receive medication regularly and facilitate their treatment in public hospitals,” said Minister of Health Nayef Fayez. “The Ministry will receive a shipment of MS medication next Thursday, which will be immediately available for patients.”

MS is a disease in which the nerves of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) degenerate. Myelin, which provides a covering or insulation for nerves, improves the conduction of impulses along the nerves and is also important for maintaining the health of the nerves. Usually, a person is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis between the ages of 20 and 50 years, despite the fact that multiple sclerosis has been diagnosed in children and in the elderly. Multiple sclerosis is twice as likely to occur in Caucasians as in any other group. Women are twice as likely as men to be affected earlier in life.

In Jordan, interferon beta-1b (Betaseron) and interferon beta-1a (Avonex) are approved for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Around 3,000 Jordanians diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). All of whom are receiving medication through the Ministry, the Royal Medical Services or the Royal Court. “The medication is not always available at the Ministry of Health due to the process of referring tenders to the manufacturing company and the increased number of patients,” Eman  Madi, President of the Jordanian Multiple Sclerosis Patients Association, told The Jordan Times yesterday. “The cost of MS medication reaches JD1, 000 per patient each month, adding that the majority cannot afford the sum on their own.”

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