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NDA impounds drugs worth Shs100m, closes 180 illegal outlets in Western Uganda

Albertine Region (UG):- The National Drug Authority (NDA) working together with the police Friday carried out an enforcement operation leading to the closure of 180 illegal Drug outlets and 416 boxes of assorted drugs worth over 100 million shillings impounded in the Western Region.

According to Mr Samuel Kyomukama the Head of Enforcement at the Drugs Authority, the operation carried out in the districts of Hoima, Hoima City, Kikuube, Kyankwanzi, Masindi, and Kyenjojo districts aimed at ensuring better medicine supply to the people by ensuring compliance and licensing guidelines with the national drug authority rules and regulations.

Mr Kyomukama called upon the owners of the drug outlets whose drugs were impounded to follow up with the regional offices in Hoima City to be guided on how to comply and probably receive their drugs back.

DailyExpress understood that most of the closed-out drug outlets were from Kyankwanzi District.

Sylvia Naluma, the deputy mayor of Hoima City noted that most of their people prefer self-medication and are not bothered to check on the expiry date of drugs.

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Cognizant of the detrimental effects of self-medication, people still find it better to buy drugs from such clinics because they provide quick alternatives at low prices. Stella cautioned members to seek health medication with proper prescription from the licenced clinics.

Ms Naluma applauded the NDA for the selfless dedication in service, of reaching out to verify and cause awareness among the members to always be cautious whenever they buy medicine from these drug outlets.

“We appeal to the public to always buy drugs from NDA-licensed outlets, remain vigilant and report any drug outlets that do not comply with standards,” she noted.

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Meanwhile, Police’s head of human resource in the Albertine region, Mr Robert Sseslu extended appreciation to the public, local authorities, NDA, the media and the general public for their support during this operation.



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