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Delayed Registration Angers Pharmacists

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.
06 Mar 2019 15:33
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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 95 passed.

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 Uganda.

“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,” Kabyanga said.  

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.