The Government of Uganda under the Ministry of Health has revealed that they are to dispose of expired medicines.
The activity to discard expired and obsolete medicines and other health supplies will be conducted from 6619 Health facilities around the country.
As of 2018, the quantities of expired medicines all over the country are estimated to be about 1200 to 1500 tons.
The exercise will be conducted in both Government owned and Private Not for Profit (PNFP) health facilities.
Addressing the media Monday morning at Uganda Media Centre on why the exercise will be conducted, Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Diana Atwine, explained:
“This process will create more space for adequate storage of medicines and other health supplies delivered by National Medical Stores, and Joint Medical Store.
“This will prevent the risk of Public hazards, pilferage, and relabeling as a result of keeping such items in health facilities for long.”
Atwine added that these expired pharmaceuticals have become a growing concern in the country and can also result into a risk to National security.
She also assured and urged all Ugandans to have confidence in medicines prescribed and dispensed by all Health facilities, claiming that the Government is committed to providing the highest possible standard of health care to all people in the country.
It was revealed that the collaborative approach to dispose of expired medicines, has been put in place by Ministry of Health, National Drug Authority (NDA), National Medical Store and Joint Medical store.
For a successful implementation of the exercise, it has been revealed that NDA has set aside resources to pay the contracted provider to incinerate the expired and obsolete medicines and other health supplies.
Also, the existing NMS logistics system will be used for collection of the the obsolete supplies from the various public and the PNPF health facilities across the country and these will be incinerated at the NEMA approved disposal sites.
It should be noted that the last time such a massive exercise was carried out was in 2012.