By Sadique bamwita
Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary Ramadhan Goobi has challenged the National Medical Stores (NMS) to computerize all deliveries to curb the persistent theft of drugs at government health facilities.
Prof. Ramathan Ggoobi, who’s also the Secretary to the treasury, said that in order to address theft of drugs, the Finance Ministry intends to call a crisis meeting with stakeholders and develop a mechanism to ensure patients receive the delivered drugs free of charge.
Prof. Ramathan, who toured National Medical Stores pharmaceutical warehouse, said he is impressed with the way NMS conducts its deliveries to government health facilities but very disappointed with theft of drugs at government health centers.
Prof. Ggoobi said that during his tenure in office, he won’t tolerate drug thieves and pledged to institute teams that will make a follow up at various health centers across the country to ensure patients get drugs free of charge.
“I need accountability with results and my team will trace the beneficiaries at various government hospitals to ensure they don’t pay for the government drugs.
He also disputed social media rumors that vaccines have a negative side effect on ones manpower or life saying himself is fully vaccinated but he is able to produce children.
“I am fully vaccinated and am producing children and fully fit to performance marital duties. So the vaccines have no negative side effect and I implore all Ugandans to go for vaccination ahead of full re-opening of the economy come next year in January.
He further hailed management of National Medical Stores for the ongoing construction of Shs 70bn Warehouse in Kajjansi Town council adding that once completed, it would be the largest government owned pharmaceutical warehouse on the African Continent.
Patrick Ocailap, the Deputy Secretary to the treasury, expressed dismay on the way maama kits disappear from government health centers
yet every year NMS deliver 800,000 maama kits to all health centers across the country but none of the mothers contacted have ever got a maama kit.