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All Private Pharmacies Located In Premises Of Government Facilities Should Vacate, NDA

All Private Pharmacies Located In Premises Of Government Facilities Should Vacate, NDA

National Drug Authority has ordered all private pharmacies located in government premises to vacate immediately. In a letter dated February 8, 2022, President Museveni directed the closure of all private pharmacies operating inside government hospitals.

Subsequently, the Minister for Health has directed NDA to implement the said directive.

Accordingly, NDA requested the pharmacists in charge of the affected pharmacies to implement the directive with immediate effect. This is the communication from the NDA chairperson, Dr.Medard Bitekyerezo reads in part.

In the year of 2019, Museveni wrote a letter to Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng directing her to close pharmacies near government hospitals immediately.

According to him, instead of prescribing the use of government medicine, they prescribe the selling of their own drugs.

“I am writing to direct you to close all the privately-owned pharmacy shops in government health centres.  I am told that those private pharmacies are owned by health workers. Instead of prescribing the use of government medicine, they prescribe the selling of their own drugs.”

It’s probably just about time for this to happen because of what goes on around hospitals.

Very many times, doctors divert patients from receiving real treatment in hospitals to pharmacies and nearby clinics owned by doctors in government hospitals. This will also help in saving lives due to this negligence.

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