The outlets were closed in an enforcement operation that started on April 26, 2021 and ended on May 7, 2021. It covered 20 districts including Mubende,Mityana,Kasanda,Kakumiro,Kibaale,Kagadi,Kyegegwa,Kyenjojo,Kabarole,Ntoroko,Bundibugyo,Bunyangabo,Masindi,Kiryandongo,Kyankwanzi,Kiboga,Hoima,Buliisa,Kikuube and Hoima City.
The National Drug Authority (NDA) has closed at least 249 drug outlets in Western Uganda.
The outlets were closed during an enforcement operation that started on April 26,
2021 and ended on May 7, 2021.
It covered 20 districts
including Mubende, Mityana, Kasanda, Kakumiro, Kibaale, Kagadi, Kyegegwa, Kyenjojo, Kabarole, Ntoroko, Bundibugyo, Bunyangabo, Masindi, Kiryandongo, Kikuube and Hoima City.
During the operation, NDA officials inspected 779 drug
outlets including 38 clinics, 6 pharmacies, 33 Veterinary drug outlets and 702
human drug shops.
A total of 297 boxes of assorted medicine estimated at
Shillings 59,400,000 million were impounded.
Addressing the press while at their Western Regional offices in Hoima City on Friday,
Samuel Kyomukama, the Head of Enforcement at National Drug Authority says
four people were arrested during the operation in the entire region.
He identifies the suspects as
Lawrence Ssebuma and Vicent Kibule who were arrested from Mubende district
after they were found hawking drugs and publishing an unauthorized advertisement
which is contrary to section 33(1) and 60 (2) of NDP/A Act Cap 206.
The duo was also found
carrying out business of a pharmacist without a license which is contrary to
section 14(3) of NDP/A Act Cap 206.
The other suspects are Emmanuel
Okello of Ddungu Drug shop in Katulikire Kiryandongo district who was arrested
after he assaulted a police officer attached to the NDA and also obstructed an
officer attached to NDA from carrying out their duties while the fourth suspect
is Hamuza Mugenyi from Hoima town who was arrested after he presented forged
certificates to NDA Officials.
The suspects were reportedly handed over to
Hoima, Mubende and Kiryandongo police stations for action to be taken against
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Some of the outlets were trading in expired drugs and others were
involved in relabeling, packages while some were being operated by unqualified
personnel. Large quantities of medicines labeled “Government of Uganda Not
for sale” intended for use in public health facilities were also recovered from
several drug outlets during the operations;” said Kyomukama.
Kyomukama says, the operations and post market surveillance activities are
aimed at protecting the population from consuming substandard, counterfeit and
unauthorized medicines and other health care products.
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Dr.Lawrence Tumusiime, the Hoima
District Health Officer- DHO tasked the people in the sub region to strictly buy
medicines from outlets that are licensed by the National Drugs Authority and
take them as prescribed a qualified health worker. He warns that taking
medicines bought from unlicensed operators expose people to health risks.
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Dr. Christopher Luzinda, NDA Manager
for Western Region says they will continue with massive sensitization to ensure
that the population gets treatment from qualified health personnel.
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He further explains that it is
their duty to routinely carry out surveillance on quality of medicines and
other health products across the whole country to ensure that safe and quality
medicines are maintained on the market.
In November 2019, National Drug Authority officials conducted similar operations in the region and they were able to close 183 drug outlets after inspecting 538 drug outlets.
During the operations,they managed to impound 342 boxes of assorted medicines estimated at shillings 119.7 million.