NDA concerned over untrained personnel manning drug shops in western region

Dr Mathias Lukwago, Compliance Officer at the National Drug Authority addresses journalists shortly after impounding drugs from Kakumiro District. (Photo: Gad Asaba)

The National Drug Authority (NDA) has expressed concern over the increase of untrained personnel manning veterinary and human drug shops in western Uganda.

Dr Mathias Lukwago, NDA’s Compliance Officer contends that during the exercise, they discovered unqualified people handling drugs and those who obtained licenses were absentee attendants.

He said this is posing a threat to both human and animal life.

Dr Stephen Semakula, NDA’s Regulatory Officer for western region, told this website that this was realised during a compliance monitoring exercise conducted last month.

He cited Hoima, Kagadi, Kibaale, Kakumiro, Kyenjojo, Kyegegwa, Bunyangabu, Kyankwanzi, Kiboga and Mityana as among other districts in NDA’s western region employing unqualified personnel in drug shops.

Dr Semakula said as untrained personnel manned the drug shops, those who obtained licences were absentee attendants, posing a threat to both human life and livestock at stake.

National Drug Authority (NDA) officials load onto a pick-up truck drugs impounded in Kakumiro District. (Photo: Gad Asaba)

Dr Semakula revealed that an untrained 60-year-old woman, Florence Birungi, was found selling veterinary drugs at St Jude Veterinary Drug Shop in Kakindo town council, Kakumiro district.

This coerced the Authority to impound the drugs and confiscate the licence that was in the name of Lillian Kanyunyuzi.

Dr Semakula warns people handling drugs without any qualification to stop it to avoid being apprehended and prosecuted in courts of law.

Sound bite: Semakula on warning (English)

However, Birungi denied she was an official attendant of St Jude Veterinary Drug Shop saying the outlet belonged to her daughter, Lillian Karungi.

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