95 pharmacists have protested the delayed registration and license by the Pharmacy Board.
The pharmacists in their February petition to Dr
Diana Atwine, the Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, request for an
expedited process after nearly six months without licenses.
In October, 141 intern pharmacists completed one-year internship
training and subsequently sat for a pre-registration examination, out of which
The examination is administered by the Pharmaceutical Society of
Uganda, as per the Pharmacy and Drugs Act of 1970.
Upon completion of pre-registration examination, pharmacists are expected to
undergo registration by the Pharmacy Board. However, pharmacy students
say this has not been actualized since October.
Kenneth Kabyanga, a lead petitioner says the delay has rendered
them unemployed since it is not legally acceptable to practice pharmacy without
proper license and registration.
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To be able to practice as a pharmacist in Uganda, one is required
to be a member of Pharmaceutical Society of Uganda, a professional body that is
charged with the conduct and discipline of all pharmacies and pharmacists in
“We hope the plight of these 95 unemployed, unregistered, law-compliant pharmacists will be considered
aware that it is criminal to practice pharmacy in Uganda without licensure,”
Upon registration, a member is awarded a certificate of registration and a
number which allows them to practice. But according to Kabyanga failure to have
registration certificates has rendered them jobless.
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Attempts to reach the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary were futile
The Health Ministry's Spokesperson, Emmanuel Ainebyoona, says that
the students will be registered once they fulfill the requirements.
He cited that the responsible Board required more time to
undertake verification upon which it would register and award them with
certificate of practice.
“What I am made to understand is that the Pharmacy Board which is
supposed to approve and register them has already been constituted. They need
to be patient and wait for a communication from the registrar of the Pharmacy
Board,” Ainebyoona said.