Ministry of Health has urged Ugandans to stop buying medicine sold by medicine from hawkers because they have no knowledge of handling medicine.
Minister Jane Ruth Aceng says the ministry has noticed a rising trend of individuals who have taken up medicine hawking as a business in all the big cities of the Country.
“We call upon the public to join efforts with us and the NDA to eliminate this vice in the markets”.
She says the places where these hawkers are mostly found are in Taxi Parks or Bus Parks, major markets and other public places.
Dr Aceng added that such hawkers usually sell substandard, fake and counterfeit medicines.
“Most hawkers were found in shift markets of Kampala, Bukedea, Soroti, Bulambuli and Serere and we impounded 31 boxes of medicine while apprehending 19 suspects”.
Over the past two months, the ministry has been running an operation to curb dealers in substandard drugs and counterfeit medicine.
“We would like to report that we have impounded 981 boxes of assorted medical items valued at ShS 490,500,000 Ug shillings of which 165 boxes had medicines intended for public health facilities,” the minister said.
These operations she said, began in the Eastern part of Uganda, then to Kampala and will move to the entire country.
“All drugs with the “Government of Uganda” seal are not for sale and we appeal to the general public to be vigilant and report more of such cases on our toll free lines 0800101999 and 0800100066”.