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PAC Grills Cancer Institute Officials Over Expired Drugs Worth UGX 425M

In his response, Oryem blamed the mess on the mismatch of deliveries on the part of the National Medical Stores.
20 Aug 2015 17:22
Uganda Cancer Institute Director Dr. Jackson Oryem and the Head of Pharmacy Benjamin Mwesigwa appear before the Public Accounts Committee of parliament.

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The management of Uganda Cancer Institute has come under fire from the Public Accounts Committee-PAC to explain the expiry of drugs worth 425 million Shillings. 

 

It came after the Uganda Cancer Institute management team led by its director Jackson Oryem appeared before PAC to respond to audit queries in the Auditor General's report for the 2013/2014 financial year.

In the report, the Auditor General notes that during the audit his team found expired drugs worth 425million Shillings in the Cancer Institute stores.  The committee led by its deputy Chair Paul Mwiru tasked Oryem to explain the expiry of the drugs.

In his response, Oryem blamed the mess on the mismatch of deliveries on the part of the National Medical Stores. He explained that the institute orders for a combination of drugs for each patient but due to the mismatch in deliveries some components of the combination are not delivered, which renders the rest of the drugs useless.

Oryem also blamed the push system employed by the National Medical Stores where drugs are supplied automatically in large quantities even when not requested for.

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However, the legislators were not satisfied by his explanation. They accused Oryem of negligence and asked him to use an efficient procurement system that guarantees timely delivery.

Kyamuswa county MP Tim Lwanga argued that drugs close to their expiry date should have been rejected.

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Paul Mwiru noted that the negligence leaves the institute open for a lawsuit from patients. He said the committee will hold a meeting with the National Medical Stores management to clarify the accusations against the drug supplier.

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