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Kitgum Authorities Close Private Clinic Over Non-Compliance

Health officials and police raided Namokora Health Point located in Ogul Village, in Kalabong Parish following intelligence reports that it was operating illegally.
A tin containining Propranolol tablets for government of Uganda impunded from a private health facility in Namokora Subcounty Kitgum District on Monday. Photo By Julius Ocungi

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Kitgum district health officials backed by the police have closed a private clinic in Namokora Sub County over failure to adhere to the National Drugs authority [NDA] regulatory standards.

Health officials and police raided Namokora Health Point located in Ogul Village, in Kalabong Parish following intelligence reports that it was operating illegally.

Jackson Omona, the Kitgum District LCV Chairperson told journalists at a press briefing in Kitgum Town on Friday that assorted drugs and medical supplies worth millions of shillings were impounded in the operation.

He disclosed that among the drugs impounded included Propranolol tablets, a government drug used to treat patients with hypertension and high blood pressure.

It costs between 70,000 shillings to 100,000 shillings in the open market.

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Omona says Boniface Ogoronyang who was operating the health facility and treating patients lacked certificate of registration for Nursing and Midwifery from the Nursing Council.

The facility was also found lacking trading license and certificate of suitability of the premise convenient for selling medicines.

Omona notes that Ogoronyang, while being interrogated by Police at Namokora Police Post revealed that the health facility was established by the Moroto County MP Samuel Okwir.

He says they are now investigating the source of government drugs confiscated from the facility and Okwir’s connection to the drug shop.

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The suspect who was briefly detained at Namokora Police Post before has been released on police bond pending investigation.

Robert Ogen, the Officer in Charge of Criminal Investigation Department at Kitgum Central Police station says the matter wasn’t brought to his attention but promised to follow it up.

Assorted medicines and medical supplies impounded from the facility are currently being kept at the District Health Department Store pending compliance by the health facility owners.

Closure of the health facility follows recent operations conducted by NDA officials in Acholi and Lango region that led to confiscation of medicines worth 76 million shillings sold in unconducive environments.