The National Drug Authority-NDA has impounded drugs worth 81 million
shillings and closed 167 drug shops in Greater Luwero.
The drug shops were found operating without licenses, employing unqualified
staff, clinics illegally operating drug shops and others operated in
The operation was conducted in 503 out of 509 drug shops in districts of
Luwero, Nakaseke and Nakasongola district.
Samuel Kyomukama the head of enforcement at the NDA said that during the
operation they found drug shops operating in buildings without ceilings which expose
the drugs to direct sunlight.
He added some clinics were found displaying drugs to attract buyers yet this is
prohibited because they are not supposed to sell but treat patients.
Kyomukama said that 167 drug shops and pharmacies will remain closed until they
meet the requirements.
He however noted that no person has been arrested because they want to help
them to comply but once they fail, they will be prosecuted in subsequent
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Fredrick Ssekyana the Spokesperson NDA says all impounded drugs were
transported to NDA stores at Nakawa where the affected owners of drugs will
reclaim them after fulfilling the requirements.
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At Mackay Drug Shop in Nakaseke, when NDA inspectors asked Godfrey Nabeeta the
attendant for a copy of academic qualifications, he presented a certificate of
attendance of a workshop and had no license forcing them to impound the drugs
as well as closing it.
At Holy Cross Namirembe and God is Able Drug shops in Nakaseke
district, the inspectors found the nursing assistants running the drug shops
below the required minimum academic conditions.
Out of 503 inspected drug shops and pharmacies, only 281 had valid
licenses and 55 were waiting for approvals.
In 2020, NDA arrested 25 people for illegally operating drug shops
and five of them have already been convicted.