The National Drug Authority – NDA has closed 110 drug outlets in the Acholi sub-region.
The outlets were closed in the districts of Gulu, Omoro, Amuru, Nwoya, Kitgum
During the operation, 248 drug outlets were inspected including
pharmacies; 225 drug shops and seven veterinary drug shops.
The operation is part of a nationwide crackdown on dealers in
substandard, and counterfeit medicines, and hawkers of drugs in Northern,
Central, West Nile, and Eastern Uganda.
Dorcus Apiyo, who operates a vet drug shop at Onywange Trading
Centre in Alokolum Parish, Omoro District said an assortment of drugs worth one
million shillings were impounded due to lack of licenses.
Justine Okot, a concerned farmer in Dogayago trading centre, Nwoya District welcomed the crackdown because the drugs affect
the local community who are ignorant of the existing laws.
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Samuel Kyomukama, the NDA Head of Enforcement said the drug
outlets were closed because some of them were not licensed while others were
being operated by unqualified personnel.
Kyomukama explained that operating without a valid license contravenes the
National Drug Policy and Authority Act as well as the licensing guidelines.
More than 180 boxes of assorted drugs estimated at 55.2 million
shillings were impounded from the illegal outlets.
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Dr David Kaggwa, the NDA Northern Region Manager revealed that
through the Post-Market Surveillance Unit –PSU, they are currently monitoring
the market against smuggled and unregistered drugs and arrest the offenders.
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In 2020, the NDA licensed a total of 1,803 drug shops and 80
pharmacies in Northern Uganda meanwhile this year, 1,900 drug outlets have
applied for the license.
During financial 2019/2020, NDA in four different operations surveyed 2,511
drug outlets, leading to the closure of 816 of them. The outlets surveyed
included 90 veterinaries, 175 pharmacies and 250 clinics (for displaying
The entire operation to date has protected an estimated 408,000
unsuspecting persons of unlicensed and unqualified drug outlet operators.
The authority now moves to conduct the same operation in Lango
sub-region that includes districts Lira, Alebtong, Otuke, Kwania, Apac, Oyam,
Kole and Dokolo.