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10 Arrested for Vending Drugs in Teso :: Uganda Radionetwork
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10 Arrested for Vending Drugs in Teso

The operation that ended on Friday was conducted in the weekly markets of Bukedea, Soroti, Serere, Ngora, and Katakwi districts.
NDA Head of Enforcement, Samuel Kyomukama (C), Ag DHO Soroti, Martin Eyura (L) and Deputy RPC East Kyoga, Nelson Sooma in a press briefing in Soroti.

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10 people have been arrested in an operation by the National Drug Authority for vending drugs in the Teso Region. NDA also confiscated drugs worth 50 Million Shillings that were found sold in weekly markets.

The operation that ended on Friday was conducted in the weekly markets of Bukedea, Soroti, Serere, Ngora, and Katakwi districts. 

Samuel Kyomukama, the Head of Enforcement at NDA says the operation is part of the NDA’s routine post-market surveillance activities aimed at protecting the human and animal populations from substandard, counterfeit, and unauthorized drugs and health care products.

According to Kyomukama, they arrested at least 10 people found in possession of human, veterinary, and herbal medicines in the open markets. He says that the suspects were displaying, selling, and advertising human drugs in ungazzetted places. 

Those arrested include Christopher Ariong, Muhamad Mutanda, Samuel Okiror, Zainab Among, and Bernard Oswa- all in Bukedea cattle market. In Katine Market, Soroti district; the authorities arrested Joseph Richard Osele, Charles Ebaju, Bridget Atim, and Thomas Adikin. In Ochapa cattle market, George Willaim Okell and Dinah Ruth Amoding were arrested. 

The suspects were charged with different charges including possession of classified drugs, illegal advertisement, and carrying on the business of pharmacists without licenses among others.

According to Kyomukama, nine of the suspects have been produced before the court and remanded. 

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Martin Eyura, the acting District Health Officer Soroti says that drug hawking has long-term health effects including drug resistance to diseases that sometimes lead to death. He says that drug hawking has persisted because of the biting poverty in Teso. 

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The Deputy Regional Police Commander for East Kyoga, Nelson Sooma said that the issue of drug hawking is a security threat that requires concerted efforts. 

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