Allied Health Professional's Council Closes Clinics, Laboratories in Masindi

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Dr. Gino Abiriga, the Director Wananchi Clinic explained that he paid for the license but was yet to pick it from Kampala. His pleas to the team not to close his clinic and give him time to pick the license from Kampala fell on deaf ears.

Allied Health Professional's council has closed several clinics, drug shops and laboratories in Masindi town for noncompliance with the minimum standards. A team of officers clamped down on the facilities in an impromptu operation conducted on Thursday morning.

 
The affected are Wananchi clinic, Ngomokwe Nursing Home, Masters' Doctors Clinic, Morning Glory clinic and Rihobos clinic. The officers also closed laboratories at Walabyeki medical center and Nyamigisa clinic.


None of the affected facilities had a valid operational license from Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioner's Council, the regulator of all medical professionals in the country.
 

Charles Nahabwe, the National Quality Assurance Officer who led the operation, says they were forced to close the Clinics and Laboratories because they didn't have operational licenses. 
 
 
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He said the operations are ongoing, adding that they will close and apprehend any medical worker found working without an operational license.
 
 
Dr.  Gino Abiriga, the Director Wananchi Clinic explained that he paid for the license but was yet to pick it from Kampala. His pleas to the team not to close his clinic and give him time to pick the license from Kampala fell on deaf ears.
 
  
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Fred Oyesigye, the coordinator of the Allied Health Professional council in Bunyoro region, said they will continue closing fake clinics, drug shops and laboratories to protect Ugandans from consuming substandard health services.