The National Medical Stores management has decried the continued theft of drugs reported across the country that is affecting drug supply especially in Rural health facilities where the demand is even higher.
Speaking at the celebrations to mark 25 years since establishment in 1993, the General Manager, Moses Kamabare suggested tough penalties for all medical workers involved in drug theft.
The agency which is charged with storage and distribution of government drugs to public health institutions, is concerned that theft of medicines is affecting peoples’ right to health.
“Pilferage is still an issue, diversion of medicine, much as the conviction rate has risen to 100 per cent, the process is very slow,” Kamabare said.
Kamabare called upon the ministry of health to consider tougher measures against culprits like; withdrawal of licenses.
“These health workers should be deregistered for at least 10 years, with this other Practitioners will fear to take part in such acts,” he said.
Kamabare further noted the need to employ pharmacists at district level that are in position to monitor medicines.
“We need professionals in the management of medicine the medicines we send out are managed by unprofessional people.”
Amidst meagre resources availed to the stores, the ministry of health has emphasized the need to consider prevention of diseases.
“Our medicine need is Shs 1.3 trillion, not even quarter of what government avails which currently stands at Shs 240 Billion, amidst all, NMS still provides,” Minister of Health, Jane Ruth Aceng said.
To mark the 25 years of existence, National medical stores awarded people that have seen them grow.