By; Ben Musanje
Government has declared a campaign of disposing off expired and absolute drugs among other health supplies from over 6,600 both public and private health facilities in Uganda.
According to the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health Dr. Diana Atwine they want to create adequate space for the storage of medicines and other health supplies delivered by National Medical Stores (NMS) and Joint Medical Stores (JMS).
Currently, the quantities of expired drugs all over the country are estimated at about 1,200 to 1,500 tons with the last disposal exercise was carried out in 2012.
Dr. Atwine believes that about 5 percent of pharmaceuticals in the distribution chain is bound to end up as obsolete or expired which costs the country and risks public health.
She confirms that National Drug Authority (NDA) has set aside resources to pay the contractor procured to incinerate the expired and absolute drugs and other health supplies from the entire Health center IIs, IIIs and IVs.