Gov't to Dispose of 1,200 Tons of Pharmaceutical Waste

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The collected pharmaceutical medicines will be taken to Luwero Industries Limited where they shall be incinerated in a controlled environment that fits the National Environment Management Authority-NEMA approved standards under the watchful eye of the NDA.

The Ministry of Health is set to dispose more than 1200 tons of expired and obsolete drugs from both government-owned and Private not for profit health facilities across the country.

The exercise will be jointly conducted with National Drug Authority, National Medical Stores and Joint Medical Stores. The exercise is planned to start this month and end in June.

The collected pharmaceutical medicines will be taken to Luwero Industries Limited where they shall be incinerated in a controlled environment that fits the National Environment Management Authority-NEMA approved standards under the watchful eye of the NDA. A total of 6,619 health facilities are expected to hand over their waste during the collection exercise.

Dr Diana Atwine, the Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary says the exercise is aimed at reducing the health risks that can result from the availability of expired drugs on the market.
 
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Dr Atwine says that most of the medicines that are expired are s meant to treat specific conditions.

"Most of the drugs that will be incinerated are drugs that we get from donations and medical camps to treat specific conditions like trachoma, hypertension and so on. Drugs like panadol never expire because they are prescribed along with other medicines to treat several conditions."

Dr Atwine says that it is hard to give figures for the monetary worth of the drugs because they have been collected over time. "The last time we carried out this exercise was in 2012 so I cannot give figures because overtime for the last six years, expired drugs have been set aside and they have accumulated with time."

Donna Kusemererwa, the executive director of National Drug Authority explained that the medicines will be incinerated at Nakasongola because the disposal of drugs requires high temperatures in controlled environments.
 
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