Minster of Health Jane Ruth Aceng has called upon all medical suppliers in the country to help the government in ensuring that all drugs purchased from them reach the final consumers (patients).
While officiating the 40th anniversary of the Joint Medical Stores (JMS) in Nsambya, the minster pointed that a lot of drugs expire in stores even though they are on high demand
“In the recently incinerated medicine from National Drug Authority most of the medicine was a donation from Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) with 75% from faith based facilities,” she said.
The minister blamed this on the medical officers at lower health centers who send people to buy medicine available in their stores, from other drug shops.
“If we leave medicine to expire people will die and when they do we shall be held responsible,” she said.
That aside, Aceng applauded JMS for its laboratory which is uses to check quality of their medicine.
This she said is a very important step in promoting quality especially in this period when there are so many counterfeits on the market.
She went ahead and asked JMS to use this opportunity when government has increased taxes on imported goods to manufacture more drugs needed in the country.
The minister also took time to ask Ugandans to stop shaking hands and getting in close contact with each other until the Ebola situation returns to normal
JMS was started in 1979 by Uganda Catholic medical bureau and the Uganda Protestant Bureau