Government Implored to Ban Importation of ARVs

Police have Thursday searched the residence of Jeanette Mugisha, physician a social media enthusiast and supporter of presidential aspirant Amama Mbabazi.

According to city lawyer Nicholas Opiyo, sick Mugisha is suspected of being a manager or administrator of several WhatsApp groups supportive of Mbabazi.

It is understood detectives took away Mugisha’s electronic gadgets for a deeper investigation.

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango was not readily available for comment.

ChimpReports understands that for the last few weeks, Mugisha has been posting pro-Mbabazi messages on her Facebook page.

She is also very active on WhatsApp and Facebook forums created to popularise Mbabazi’s 2016 presidential bid.

Mugisha, who hails from Bushenyi in Western Uganda, has as well been critical of what she describes as police’s “double standards” in executing their duties.

“Partisanship and biased conduct of Uganda police has narrowed down, to being the shield and sword of one faction of NRM party,” she posted on her Facebook page recently.


“The double standards of dispensing different set of rules to exempt one faction from playing by the book. Why apply the law selectively by granting one faction permission to assemble and deny the other the right to assemble based on a draconian law?” she wondered.
In a bid to protect locally manufactured drugs, viagra sale Quality Chemicals has asked government to ban or impose heavy tariffs on imported anti-retro viral drugs (ARVs).

In a meeting with the Parliamentary Committee on HIV/AIDS and related matters, health the Chief Executive Officer Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Limited Mr. Nevin Bradford said government gave Quality Chemicals monopoly to supply ARVS but it has failed to respect terms of the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the firm.

He revealed that that without proper actualization of the Ugandan market as promised by government, view Quality Chemicals found it difficult to stabilize and lower the prices of ARVs produced locally.

“Quality Chemicals receives only 20% funding from government, the rest is donor funded by groups like Global Fund and this is in contravention of our agreement,” Bradford explained.

The Executive Director (Commercial Affairs), Mr. George Baguma said that government should review the patent law in order to prevent countries like India and China from producing and flooding the Ugandan market with drugs that can be produced locally.

“Banning the importation of ARVs wILL force Global Fund to buy locally produced drugs,” he added.

Mr. Baguma said with the limited access to the local market, the company was making losses forcing them to look for alternative foreign markets.
“The company has spread its wings to countries like Kenya, Cameroon, Tanzania and Angola where we are currently trying to sell our drugs,” said Mr. Baguma.

Honourable Sarah Mwebaza (NRM, Kibuku district) noted that drugs produced and sold by Quality Chemicals were more expensive than others on the market.

Committee Chairperson, Hon Sarah Netalisire, said the Committee would invite the Ministry of Health to respond to issues raised by Quality Chemicals.

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