Nearly 90 percent of the multiple sclerosis patients in Serbia undergoes no treatment, which in numbers means that of 9,000 patients only about 1,200 get medical treatment.
According to neurologist Dragana Obradovic, the global standards are such that the treatment should start three months after the disease is diagnosed. In those circumstances, doctors can halt development of the illness and “preserve” it, especially knowing that the persons aged between 20 and 40 are the most affected ones.
A survey carried out by the association gathering those suffering from multiple sclerosis showed that 50 percent of the surveyed patients were not even told that medical treatment for their disease exists or that there is a possibility to cure the disease.
The problem, said Obradovic, is how to tell your patient that those medicines are not available in Serbia and that they are way too expensive for the standard of citizens.
Only three types of Interferons and Copaxone are available to the low percentage of those treating their disease, she added.
The association held a meeting with Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, who gave them serious promises.
It happened for the first time that they managed to establish the contact with the state institutions, which have the power to make decisions, said Obradovic, adding that the previous authorities never did anything and that this problem has been present for the past 16 years.