Drugs worth Shs 200 million confiscated by NDA in drug shops

The head regions Uganda National Drug Authority (NDA) Mr William Tamale has said drugs worth Shs 204 million were seized from illegally operating drug stores and pharmacies during a 12 day enforcement exercise in kampala and Wakiso districts.

“The operation led to inspection of 787 drug outlets, of which 283 were issued with closure notices and closed. Medicines impounded in the operation comprised of 408 boxes of assorted medicines with estimated value of about Shs 204 million” he said.

Mr Tamale made the remarks while addressing journalists at the end of the enforcement exercise at the National Drug Authority Nakawa central region offices on Friday.

The NDA manager central Mr Muhammad Lukwago (L) displays a fake postinor box Pack as head of enforcement Samuel kyomukama (M) and head regions Mr William Tamale (R) look on during the press briefing in kampala. Photo by ADB

“Among the outlets inspected include 45 pharmacies, 645 drug shops (human medicine), 15 veterinary drug shops, 69 clinics were operating illegal pharmacies and illegal drug shops” he said.

Mr Tamale said six people were arrested for hawking herbal medicine which contradicted with an earlier NDA agreement with 95 herbalists operating in Kampala to sell their merchandise from fully licensed shops by the NDA.

“Enforcement operations aim at ensuring that licensed persons maintain high quality standards, and apprehend illegal operators. In the FY 2019/2020, a total of forty-two (42) criminal cases were opened at Police with various offences and thirty-three (33) convictions were secured over non compliance” he said.

Mr Tamale said, 101 suspects have been arrested including 9 that were found in possession of drugs/medical supplies labelled Government of Uganda since the beginning of the operations in March 2019

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