Digitalizing drug orders to improve supply says National Medical Stores boss

The General Manager National Medical Stores (NMS) Mr. Moses Kamabare has said digitalization of the drug ordering process through the NMS Plus system will improve on the visibility and accountability of drug distribution from NMS to all health facilities across the country.

“We have been getting orders in hard copies from the health facilities which takes long, sometimes they get lost on the way. When they get here, we have to cue them again in our system. We talked to the American government and they were so gracious and gave us the NMS + app which is costing us about $10 million” he said.

Mr Kamabare made the remarks while addressing journalists after the training of kabale military hospital medical staff on Tuesday

“When they place orders we shall not be losing time to rekey in these orders from National Medical Stores, secondly when these orders reach here, health facilities will be able to monitor the progress of their orders through NMS processes from reception, picking from the warehouse, loading and delivery to the health facilities” he said.

Mr Kamabare said the digitization will enable officials trace orders from the health facilities to the NMS and take appropriate action in case they fail.

The hospital administrator Katabi military hospital Mr Alfonse Ochom said he hopes the digitization of the order process will address the long time taken to deliver drug consignment to the hospital.

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