The National Medical Stores wants the procurement of drugs centralized in order to equitably meet the countrywide demand for medicine.
Addressing the Parliamentary Committee on State Enterprises late this week, the acting General Manager of the National Medical Stores, Apollo Mwesigye, said there is need for a central drug procurement mechanism to stop the expiry of medicine. He explained that because different donor and government agencies procure similar drugs to meet the same emergency, the market is flooded with too much medicine to be consumed before it expires.
Mwesigye asked Parliament to consider approving a harmonized drug procurement plan to ensure that the only the necessary amount of drugs is purchased to meet the needs of the Ugandan population.
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Mwesigye proposed that the Ministry of Health should be charged with the centralized procurement of drugs.
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