NDA Closes 108 Drug Shops In N. Uganda


In short
The drug shops were shut down by the National Drug Authority because they were not licensed, while others were being run by unqualified people.

108 drug shops across in Northern Uganda have been shut down by the National Drug Authority over illegal operations.

Lawrence Ofwono, the zonal drugs inspector for Northern Uganda says most of the closed drug shops were not licensed and were being operated by unqualified personnel.

The closed drug shops are scattered in all the eight districts in Lango including Amolatar, Dokolo, Kole, Apac, Alebtong, Otuke, Lira and Oyam. Others are in Amuru, Gulu and Pader districts.

This was during an ongoing operation to crack down on illegal operators and those in possession of government drugs in the region. Ofwono says some outlets were found to be selling expired anti-malarial drugs and anti-biotic among others.

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According to Ofwono, drugs worth millions of shillings have also been confiscated from the illegal operators. He says operators who fulfil the requirements will get their drugs back.
During the operation, Ofwono says about 10 suspects were arrested by the police as investigation goes on into their alleged possession of government drugs.

Emmanuel Mwaka Lutukumoi, the Lira deputy Resident District Commissioner says they have also mounted an operation to crack down theft of government drugs in health facilities.

Most of these outlets were found to be selling mainly government drugs believed to have been obtained from government aided health facilities in the region.

Just last week, a nursing assistant at Aduku Township in Apac district was found selling tins of antiretroviral drugs.

This is the second time National Drug Authority is closing illegal drug shops in Northern Uganda. In June 2015, 170 pharmacies, drugs shops and clinics in Lango sub-region were closed by the Authority for flouting operating requirements and procedures.


About the author

Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.