NDA, Herbalists Row over Drug Standards

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NDA Western Region Drugs Inspector Nasser Lubowa accuses herbalists of mixing different herbs without mindful of the proportions of the various concoctions and the likely impact on human health. Lubowa says that the formula used by some herbalists compromises quality and human safety.

A row has erupted between herbalists in Mbarara district and National Drug Authority over product standards.  The contention follows a plan by National Drug Authority to monitor the operations by all herbalists and test all herbs to ensure that only good quality drugs remain on the market.

NDA Western Region Drugs Inspector Nasser Lubowa accuses herbalists of mixing different herbs without mindful of the proportions of the various concoctions and the likely impact on human health. Lubowa says that the formula used by some herbalists compromises quality and human safety.

Lubowa says that subjecting the products to quality and safety tests will be of paramount interest to National Drug Authority.
 
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However, the plan has received bitter reaction from the herbalists under their umbrella association National Council of Traditional Healers and Herbalists Association- (NACOTHA). NACOTHA General Secretary Abdulkarim Musasizi says that their medicines do not have any negative effects on human health and as such need no prying from the National Drugs Authority.

Monday Alex another herbalist says that herbal medicine has been here before the arrival of other drugs and has stood a test of time. He says that the plans by National drugs authority are only aimed at extorting money from the herbalists.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.