Pharmacist Donna Kusemererwa Named NDA Executive Director

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Donna Asiimwe Kusemererwa is the new executive director for NDA Beatrice Nyangoma

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The position of Executive Director fell vacant in February 2015 following the dismissal of Gordon Katende Ssematiko, the former Executive Director of the authority for allegedly transferring up to 14 Billion Shillings from an official NDA account to an unauthorized fixed deposit account.

Pharmaceutical Management Expert Donna Asiimwe Kusemererwa is named the new Executive Director of National Drug Authority (NDA)

The Authority is a government entity that regulates and controls the production, importation, distribution and use of human and veterinary medicines and other healthcare products.

The position fell vacant in February 2015 following the dismissal of Gordon Katende Ssematiko, the former Executive Director of the authority for allegedly transferring up to 14 Billion Shillings from an official NDA account to an unauthorized fixed deposit account. 

Today, the Chairman of NDA board Dr Sam Zaramba unveiled Kusemererwa saying she emerged the most suitable candidate to steer the authority after a vigorous recruitment exercise.

Kusemererwa has over 15 years of experience in building, managing and strengthening pharmaceutical and health systems in Uganda. She has previously worked with the Joint Medical Stores as the General Manager and Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network as an Executive Director.

Speaking to the media today, Kusemererwa pledged to improve the image of the authority which was tainted after a series of corruption and bribery scandals.
 
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Meanwhile, Dr Zaramba reveals plans to review the structure of NDA as a way of addressing management challenges in the authority.
 
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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).

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