By George Busiinge
National Drug Authority (NDA) has donated 100 pieces of free insecticide treated mosquito nets to Hoima Regional Referral Hospital for free distribution to expectant mothers at the facility.
Handing over the mosquitoes to the hospital authorities this morning, Dr Raymond Agaba, the Board member National Drug Authority said the offer is aimed at contributing in the fight against malaria infection among pregnant women and children who were vulnerable at the facility.
Dr Agaba explains that this was part of the social cooperate responsibility as the authority marks 25 years in service.
The National Drug Authority (NDA) is a government-owned organization in Uganda, mandated to regulate drugs in the country, including their manufacture, importation, distribution, and licensing.
The head of the paediatric department at Hoima hospital, Dr Tom Ediam welcomed the offer saying most beds in the maternity and labour wards lack mosquito nets which puts the lives of patients at risk of getting infection with malaria.
According to him, malaria remains one of the top killer diseases to children and mothers. Dr Ediam also appealed to the communities to use the bed nets since it was the surest way of preventing malaria and its avoidable deaths in the country.
However the National Drug Authority has been challenged to mitigate the substandard drugs and unlicensed drug outlets in the Bunyoro region.
Dr. Florence Asiimwe, the Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom minister for social services says the consumption of substandard drugs puts human lives at risks.
She was speaking at Kolping hotel during a half day dialogue between National Drug Authority leaders and drug dealers in Bunyoro region.
The authority is commemoration 25 years in service. Dr. Asiimwe says some drugs were no longer responding to their patients’ illnesses because they could be violating basic standards.
Peter Ayesiga, a drugshop operator says there is need to regulate herbalists who are misleading community that they cure all sorts of disease without any scientific proof.
Dr. David Niwamanya, the director inspectorate and enforcement however said they have strengthened enforcement and community sensitization.
He asked the community to report all unlicensed drug outlets to their office for action.
Dr Raymond Agaba, the Board member National Drug Authority said despite a few challenges, the authority has registered numerous success citing increased number of licensed pharmacies, drug shops and manufactures.