The National Medical stores have received four modern trucks from the Global fund to help the national medical logistics agency in improving its efficiency in distributing drugs and vaccines across the country.
The trucks were handed to the government on Friday at Imperial Royal Hotel when the body was celebrating its 25 year’s anniversary. The four trucks are estimated to have coast 875,000 dollars.
Receiving the equipment, the Minister for Health Dr. Ruth Aceng commended Global Fund for supporting Government towards improving service delivery in the country.
“As Government we are very delighted to have these trucks, we hope that if they are put on the right use it will help government in distributing drugs and vaccines across the country in shorter period of time.”
She noted that the budget allocation to the national medical store is limited which could not enable the agency procure all the logistics equipment like modern trucks.
National Medical store General Manager Moses Kamabale noted that the new equipment can transport both drugs and vaccines since they are automated with refrigeration system.
“We have been experiencing a problem in transporting vaccination but with the new trucks NMS will be in position to transport both drugs and vaccines in the same truck since they have in-built refrigeration systems,” he said.
Handing over the trucks, an officer from the Global Fund who declined to be quoted by the media said the organisation is committed to work with the Government of Uganda to ensure that its national have access to quality health services.
Highlighting on the key achievements of NMS during its 25 years of operation, the General Manager said they have improved on the efficiency in drug distribution in the country because the agency was able to adopt more innovations such as the usage of ICT.
However he observed that NMS still faces some challenges which Government needs to address such as: poor funding, inadequate professional staffs at the local Government to manage drugs.
He said most Government health units at the Local Governments have no Pharmacists adding that the drugs being distributed are being handled by non-professional staffs which is against the health standard.