Samuel Kyomukama, the Head Enforcement at NDA told Journalists at Wash and Wills that they inspected 213 facilities comprising of 5 Pharmacies 185 Drug shops and 8 Clinics during the crackdown. He explains that 78 drug outlets were closed and 112 boxes of assorted medicine impounded.
The National Drug Authority-NDA has impounded
unauthorised drugs worth Shillings 50Million and picked up for suspects in
Mbale town. This followed a crackdown on illegal drug shops in Bugisu and Sebei
Sub regions conducted by NDA backed by the Uganda Police Force.
During the operation, NDA officials raided Lock
up 147 in Mbale Taxi Park where they impounded 21 boxes of assorted drugs worthy
Shillings 50 million. The Lock Up has been operating as a general merchandise
store. The impounded drugs include unregistered
medicines like Viagra and Postinor that are meant for the Kenyan, Malawian and
They also included medicines meant for use in public health
facilities in Uganda and Kenya including those for malaria, typhoid, erectile
dysfunction, peptic ulcers, family planning, HIV associated illnesses,
diarrhea, urinary tract infections (UTI) and sepsis.
Those picked up during the operation are Ajala
Kakai, Juma Mugulo, Joseph Sasagi and Mariam Namuwenge and are locked up at Mbale Central Police Station. They are charged with unlawful
possession of classified drugs without a license, unlawful possession of government
stores and storing drugs in unsuitable premises among others.
Samuel Kyomukama, the Head Enforcement at NDA told Journalists at Wash and
Wills that they inspected 213 facilities comprising of 5 Pharmacies 185 Drug
shops and 8 Clinics during the crackdown. He explains that 78 drug outlets were closed and 112
boxes of assorted medicine impounded.
He said that during the inspection, they observed the absence of drug outlets
supervisors, which has given room to unqualified personnel mainly nursing
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Zaidi Mwondah, the Eastern Region NDA manager, said most of the recovered drugs
were not approved by NDA.