On Thursday, 8 August 2019, State House health monitoring team paid a courtesy visit to the office of the Wakiso RDC, Ms. Rose Kirabira Nalongo.
The visit came as they scaled up their crackdown operations in the district.
The RDC, hailed H.E. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as well as Dr. Jackson Ojera Abusu – Director HMU for their brilliant initiative that provides for checks and balances of the health facilities across board.
She further pledged to provide any necessary assistance to the team where possible and whenever called upon.
The RDC also urged that “this is one sure way of weeding out illegal health facilities endangering the lives of our people”.
Accordingly, she says the HMU team mounted their usual operations into drug shops within Wakiso and its environs.
Some of them included; C & J drug shop in Mende in Kakiri, J.B Carez Drug shop along Hoima road, Destiny Drug shop in Kakiri, St Yoana Muzeeyi in Wakiso, Zulfa drug shop in Wakiso, Golden drug shop in Nansana, Janisha drug shop and Riath drug shop all in Nansana.
Appropriate actions were preferred against the “wanting drug shop such as withdrawal of the odd drugs, retrieval of the practitioners papers as well as cautions” among others.
National Drug Authority (NDA) defines a drug shop (Class C) as a retail drug outlet usually operated by a qualified enrolled nurse or midwife and mandated to sell only counter and simple drugs such as painkillers and not injectables or antibiotics.
Wakiso district alone has over 700 drug shops in operations and majority of whom have all deviated from the original NDA’s stipulations and regulations such as lack of operating licences, employment of student workers (interns), running drug shops along side other merchandise, among others.
It should be remembered that, earlier last year, Donna Kusemererwa, the secretary of National Drug Authority in her media address, equally decried and noted that, “a clearly defined designation still lacks between a drug shop and clinics which makes enforcement very difficult and risky affair”.
She also highlighted then that, the National Drug Authority was equally aware that an estimated 1000 drug shops across the country operate without licenses.