Forty years ago, at the height of the HIV/AIDS humanitarian crisis in Uganda, the church agencies Uganda Protestant and Catholic Medical Bureaus came together spurred by the quality health supplies needs of the mission health units to form the Joint Medical Stores (JMS).
Speaking with journalists, the Executive Director of Joint Medical Bureau Dr. Bildard Baguma said, “As we commemorate 40 years of JMS, we are glad we have stayed true to our founders mission of transforming lives and grown from the humble beginning of containers and drums for storage to state of art pharmaceuticals ware housing and last mile distribution of quality health solutions.’’
A number of activities have been planned ahead of the main event to commemorate this milestone including among others, partnering with the church to refurbish mission health facilities, health system strengthening of the mission based health facility, launch of innovative products and services among others.
He added in this regard we are proud to unveil a partnership between JMS and B-medical system, a leading manufacturer for quality cold chain and medical refrigeration facilities.
The partnership shall subsidize quality vaccine and medicine refrigerators thereby facilitating effective storage of vaccine, anti-diabetes – insulin, anti venom which are all life saving medicines.
Dr Baguma explained that, “The refrigerators are backed by temperature monitoring system that ensures standards set by the manufacturers are complied with to ensure efficacy of vaccines and other cold chain pharmaceuticals at the health facility.”
He added already partners like CPHL have acquired the cold chain modern equipment and can attest to their efficiency and efficiency.
Mr Obiely Tayoro, the sub Saharan African regional sales manager, noted that the vaccines refrigerators are eco-friendly and have the capacity to power other equipments fitting into Uganda’s context where a number of health facilities are off the grid.