BUNYORO, UGANDA: The National Drug Authority – NDA has closed over 178 drug shops that were found not matching with the set standards and impounded Medical boxes worth 57 million shillings.
This was done in their campaign which lasted for two weeks in 19 districts of Buliisa, Hoima, Kagadi, Kakumiro, Kabale, Kiboga, Kikuube, Kyankwanzi among others.
According to NDA, some of the closed shops were operating without license while others had unqualified staff.
Samuel Kyomukama the police officer in charge of NDA operations said that this campaign was done with aim of assessing the illegal selling of both human and animal drugs so as to protect human and animal lives since people buy drugs from these outlets.
“Over 287 boxes of medicine worth 57 million shillings have been impounded in this campaign and this was done to save lives of our people and livestock”. Kyomukama said.
Dickens Bindeba the Albertine Regional police Commander urged people to be patient and be vigilant to report all drug shops that are not abiding by the rules and regulations of NDA.
David Timbigamba the Hoima District drugs inspector also expressed his concern over the increased usage of traditional drugs that have been introduced to the market and several energy drinks which may not be good for human health.
“We are requesting the NDA to list the names of approved drug shops and be displayed both to the district health sector and the public so as make them understand who are the right persons to sell these drugs”. Timbigamba said.
Dr. Christopher Luzinda the Bunyoro regional NDA Manager says the drugs that were caught in their operations are to be burnt.