A National Drug Authority (NDA) led operation ended with the arrest of four people who were found operating unlicensed drug shops that were supervised by unqualified personnel.
The 5-day operation was conducted in 16 districts in northern Uganda which included Gulu, Pader, Kitgum, Nwoya, Lamwo, Agago, Omoro, Kole, Kwania, Apac, Oyam, Amolatar, Lira, Dokolo, Alebtong, and Otuke.
A total of 486 drug outlets were inspected, of which 270 were issued with closure notices and closed.
NDA says medicines impounded in the entire operation comprised of 312 boxes of assorted medicine estimated at Shs 109,200,000.
The arrested were identified as Okello Sambo, who was hawking veterinary medicines in Mitacho Market, Oyam Patrick Kilama who was found with Government of Uganda Drugs, Opio Daniel and Nancy Ajok who were arrested charged of Possession of Government stores.
“During the operation we discovered malaria rapid test kits labeled “Government of Uganda”. The pilferage compromises the quality of health service delivery and patients in dire need of medicines hence discrediting government programmes,” NDA said in a statement.
“The objectives of this operation is to save the public from unlicensed and unqualified personnel handling human and veterinary medicines, crack down on dealers in substandard, and counterfeit medicines, and dealers in medicines intended for public health facilities, and crack down on hawkers of drugs.”
NDA has so far visited 945 drug outlets since the beginning of the operations in March 2019, leading to closure of 454, impounding 764 boxes of assorted medicines, estimated at Ush. 294,500,000 and effecting 32 arrests.
The body called on the public to be vigilant and report more of such cases on toll free number 0800 101 999