The medical fraternity in Uganda has asked the government to increase on the number of government employed pharmacists as one way of solving mismanagement of medicines in public hospitals.
The president of the Medical Association of Uganda, Dr. Ekwaro Obuku said that currently there are only 45 public pharmacists for over 100 big government hospitals which hinder service delivery in the health sector.
“The pharmacists are very important in the process of procuring the right amount and mixture of medicines from national medical stores (NMS). But because they are very few, they are overloaded and end up messing up the whole process which hinder service delivery in hospitals. Without the right medicine and materials, our skills and experience as doctors is rendered useless,” he said.
The Vice President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Uganda, Pamela Achii, said there is need for district pharmacists who can coordinate the hospitals in each district so that procurement, medicine delivery is done approximately and in time.
“Each district should have a public pharmacist, as the fraternity, we are advocating for this as it will improve the way we do our work,” she said.
The stakeholder’s engagement meeting was organized by National Medical Store (NMS) at their head offices in Entebbe on Tuesday 11th December.
The meeting was aimed at creating a platform for the medical fraternity and NMS to discuss on how they can improve service delivery in the medical sector as NMS celebrates 25 years of good service delivery to Ugandans since 1993.
The General Manager of NMS, Kamabare Moses called upon the medical fraternity to be more dedicated to their work and serve the public tirelessly.
He further asked them to desist from stealing drugs from public hospitals and called for tougher punishments for the culprits.
“There is also need for all of you to follow the standard clinical guidelines while prescribing medicines and avoid causing artificial shortage of medicines. There is need for Ministry of Healthy to have errant health workers charged for disciplinary offences because of noncompliance of the prescription to the clinical guidelines,” he said.