National Drug Authority conducted a two days (2nd- 3rd September 2019) enforcement operation in Greater Kampala and Wakiso district to clear it of unlicensed drug outlets supervised by unqualified personnel.
The operation covered 24 areas led to inspection of 223 drug outlets, of which 64 were issued with closure notices and closed. Medicines impounded in the operation comprised of 119 boxes of assorted medicine estimated at Ushs. 59,500,000. Among outlets inspected also included 41 pharmacies, and 29 clinics that were cautioned for displaying medicine.
The Areas where the operation was conducted included Kireka, Kamuli, Kinawataka, Kirinya, Bukasa, Najjera, Kiwatule, Buwate Kitto, Bulindo, Mbalwa, Nalya, Nkumba, Kasenyi, Ndejje, Busabala, Zzana, Mutundwe, Katabi, Kisubi, Namulanda, Kawuku, Bwerenga and Nakiwogo.
The objectives of this operation is to save the public from unlicensed and unqualified personnel handling human and veterinary medicines, crack down on dealers in substandard, and counterfeit medicines, and dealers in medicines intended for public health facilities, and crack down on hawkers of drugs.
Medicines in the hands of unqualified persons and stored in unsuitable conditions expose the population in the region and the entire country to wrong prescription, drug resistance, income, and other health related risks or complications including death.
We appeal to the general public to be vigilant and report more of such cases on our toll free lines 0800 101 999. Safe drugs save lives