dealers in the Greater Masaka sub-region are in trouble for illegally operating
pharmacies. They were arrested by the National Drugs Authority-NDA during
their weeklong compliance and enforcement operation conducted in the
Kyomukama, the head of enforcement at NDA says the culprits were operating
unlicensed drug shops and pharmacies in the districts of Kalungu, Masaka, Kalangala,
Lwengo, Kyotera, and Gomba. They were handed over to police to be charged for
carrying on businesses of pharmacists without formal authorization and retailing
Kyomukama, the drug dealers were arrested after they continuously defied NDA’s
prior warnings and instructions to comply with the set standards in their
operations. He also says that they impounded 287 boxes of both human and veterinary
drugs estimated at 114 Million Shillings from 10 unlicensed outlets that were
instantly closed down.
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Doctor Muhammad Lukwago, the NDA Manager in charge of the Central region indicates
that they intend to stop tendencies of having drugs dispensed by unqualified
personnel, which raises concerns about safety to the users. Lukwago has
challenged the public to strictly buy drugs from qualified and licensed
dealers, as a way of eliminating risks of consuming unsafe drugs.
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Doctor Faith Nakiyimba, the Masaka District Health Officer indicates that some
of the unlicensed drug dealers were found to promote irrational uptake of
medicines; practices she says present negative long-term effects to the public,
that include among others high drug resistance rates.
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