NMS Suppliers Decry Poor Handling of Drugs in Wakiso

The National Medical Stores suppliers have decried the poor handling and reception of drugs delivered to Wakiso District which they say is putting t the drugs at risk of getting spoilt before they reach end-users.
Medical supplier soaked by heavy downpour.

The National Medical Stores (NMS) suppliers have decried the poor handling and reception of drugs delivered to Wakiso District which they say is exposing the drugs before they reach end-users.  

On Thursday afternoon, the suppliers were stunned as the drugs which had been delivered were soaked in the afternoon heavy downpour that was experienced in the area.

Amos Okareb, one of the suppliers notes that over time they have cautioned the district health authorities to get them a better place where they can offload the drugs before they are finally stored.

“The supply chain has conditions, for example, we cannot let drugs in the scorching sunshine but here drugs at times spend hours exposed to sunshine as we verify the cartons with the storekeeper. Today, it rained and everything was messed,” says Okareb  

By midday, a total of four trucks carrying over 3000 cartons of drugs arrived at the district headquarters where the drugs of over 90 health facilities are accounted for before it is distributed to the respective units across the district.  

As the entire stock was offloaded from the truck, it started raining and some cartons of fragile drugs were seen falling off the different piles. Okareb only identified as Jackie says they couldn’t manage the situation at hand well.  

“We couldn’t take the drugs instead the store before registering them and when it started raining nothing could be done,” said the storekeeper.

Okareb notes that although the packages were soaked with rain water, most the drugs were not affected since they are sealed in polythene materials.

“The standard recommendation of most of these supplies is to keep them in a cool, dry area. Then, take the example of those which have been falling, if there are fragile materials then that is already damage," he explains. Several Pharmaceutical manufacturers recommend most of their products to be stored at a controlled room temperature of 68 to 77 degrees.

When contacted, the district health officer Dr. Mathias Lugoloobi, noted that he had gone to collect his children from school but had delegated somebody to ensure that the drugs are safely stored in the designated place.  

The District Vice Chairperson Elizabeth Naluyima admitted that the matter of providing at least all-weather shade for drug offloading area has been discussed at a given point but it was not prioritized.  

“I admit that we have not done enough even after being informed by the drug suppliers. It has been a weakness but we are going to handle the matter so that we don’t experience such a situation in future,” Naluyina told URN.  

In the same development, suppliers also decry the security of drugs during the offloading period as at times they are spread out in the parking area which is open to the general public making it easier for someone to sneak and steal some of the supplies during the process.