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Medicines Worth Millions Go Bad as Mubende Central Business District Remains in Darkness for Weeks

Mubende Chief Administrative Officer, Lillian Nakamatte says much of the medicines and veterinary drugs disbursed by the government for Mubende and Kassanda districts have gone to waste because of lack of power to keep them under refrigeration.

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Livestock vaccines worth millions of Shillings meant for Mubende and Kassanda districts have gone to waste due to a power blackout that has affected the two districts for the past three weeks.

The transformer serving Mubende district administration and its surrounding areas broke down three weeks ago due to heavy rains.

Mubende Chief Administrative Officer, Lillian Nakamatte says much of the medicines and veterinary drugs disbursed by the government for Mubende and Kassanda districts have gone to waste because of lack of power to keep them under refrigeration.

She has asked Umeme supervisory staff in Mubende area to consider replacing or repairing the transformer and restore the power supply.

// “Cue in: "Vaccines for human......

Cue out:.......and in animals,” //

Mubende Deputy Health Officer, Dr. Ssendi Bosco says the district can no longer maintain the cold condition under, which the medicines should be kept since they cannot fuel their generators any more due to lack of funds.

// “Cue in: "We keep vaccines........

Cue out: .. and fix the problem,”//

The District Animal Husbandry Officer, Geoffrey Jondrio, says among the consignments in the district vaccine stores are vaccines for foot and mouth disease, pest vaccine and rabies vaccine.

He says animal vaccination can’t go as planned because the vaccines can no longer be used.

// “Cue in: so all these four.......

Cue out: .. government operations,” //    

Mubende LC 5 Vice-chairperson, Sheif Magezi has expressed dismay that the central prisons has remained in darkness for three weeks despite hosting hard core criminals.

He says the failure by Umeme to restore power might trigger mask escape of inmates just like the case in Moroto.

// Cue In: "Ekifo transformer ..

Cue out: .. tujja kuba tetubageye,” //

Umeme officials in the district haven’t yet commented as the area manager couldn’t be reached by the time of filing this story.

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