The National Drug Authority (NDA) has closed six illegal veterinary drug shops in Kigezi sub region and impounded drugs therein.
Kenneth Kiiza the National Drug Authority Western Uganda Regional Manager while addressing a press conference at the Kabale District health Office in Kabale, said in the operation out 45 veterinary drug shops including one pharmacy they inspected, they found that six drug shops were unlicensed, had unqualified personnel and lacked proper and functional storage facilities for drugs.
In one of the veterinary drugs shops he said, they found illegal products such as medicated dog shampoo which has not been approved by the Authority.
The two-week operation was conducted in the districts of Kabale, Rubanda, Rukiga, Kisoro, Rukungiri, and Kanungu districts.
The drug shops that were closed are; Tukamushaba Veterinary drug shop, Byomuhangi Veterinary drug shop, and Hamurwa Veterinary drug shop all in Rubanda district; others are Bukinda Veterinary drug shop in Rukiga district, Rubuguri Veterinary drug shop in Kisoro district, and Ariho Veterinary drug shop in Rukungiri district.
Kiiza says the engaged the owners of the drug outlets to streamline their operations before they are allowed to re-open and that they have interested police in investigating some of the cases, and take action on shop keepers who mix veterinary drugs with general merchandise shops.
“We found that in Rubanda district there is no registered veterinary drugs shop as veterinary drugs are sold in general merchandise shops and agro chemical shops.
Dr Bernard Kabagambe, the Kabale district veterinary officer asked National Drug Authority to open up sub region offices, saying that as district veterinary officers they are always burdened due to logistics in monitoring those that are operating illegally.