Two people found in possession of government drugs and NGO donated supplies have been arrested following an operation conducted in West Nile by the National Drug Authority (NDA).
Between June 7th and 18th, NDA conducted operations targeting all drug outlets in the region to ensure compliance with National Drug Policy/Authority Act and licensing guidelines.
NDA Public Relations Manager Abiaz Rwamwiri revealed that the operation has been conducted in 9 districts; Arua City, Madi Okollo, Terego, Nebbi, Pakwach, Zombo, Adjumani, Moyo, and Yumbe.
434 drug outlets were inspected including 14 clinics, 4 Pharmacies, 5 Veterinary drug outlets, and 410 human drug shops.
“Some outlets were unsuitable for handling drugs, others were selling drugs clearly labeled as Government of Uganda drugs (GOU) not for sale. Some drugs donated by different NGOs for free public use were also being sold in private outlets,” Rwamwiri said.
According to him, 171 boxes of assorted drugs estimated at over forty-two million Uganda Shillings (Shs 42M) were impounded from the closed drug outlets.
The arrested suspects are; Mrs. Mary Ozelle, a 53-year-old and her daughter Anirwoth Loyce, 19, of Erussi Kondo Village- Nebbi District who were found in possession of TB Drugs, 10 tins of Amoxicilin, a microscope and other assorted medicines bearing the ‘Government of Uganda (GOU) not for sale’ label estimated at Shs 35,000,000.
The two, he said, were handed over to Nebbi Police Station and a case No.SD Ref 42/10/6 /2021 was opened against them with charges including carrying on business of a Pharmacist without a license [14 (3)] of NDP/A Act Cap 206 and unlawful possession of classified drugs [27 (2)] of NDP/A Act Cap 206.
Rwamwiri said NDA impounded government drugs from privately owned drug outlets like God is Able Drug Shop in Pajulu – Arua, Honest Services Drug Shop in Pajulu BAT – Arua, God’s Grace Drug Shop in Ombokoro- Arua, God’s Mercy Drug Shop in Odramachaku- Arua, Lifeway Drug Shop- Dubai- Arua, Care Star Drug Shop and Yole Community Drug Shop- Yole.
“The drugs include Lomifer Praziquantel, Artefan 24 blister packs, Miloxy 250mg capsules, Cannulas, and Blisters of Lumartem, Artesunate, Amodiaquine wintrop 100mg/2ml, all valued at more than thirty-five million Uganda shillings (Shs.35M),” he explained.
All operators whose drug outlets have been closed and drugs impounded have been advised to report to NDA Regional offices for guidance.