By Daudi Zirimala
The Makindye Grade One Magistrate Okumu Jude has sentenced a one Deo Mburakeye a resident of Masajja on Salama roads to 10 years imprisonment for the offenses of being in possession of classified drugs, selling drugs in unlicensed premises, unlawful possession of government drugs among others.
Speaking about the conviction of Mburakeye,the National Drug Authority NDA Head of Enforcement Samuel Kyomukama said that Muburakeye was among the 6 culprits arrested during the night operation that was conducted in Kampala and surrounding areas of Nalumunye,Kitemu,Salama,Kyanja,Rubaga and Nansana where 106 boxes of assorted medicines were impounded from five homes,and Mburakeye was found with 18 boxes of 91 impounded medicines labeled government of Uganda.
Kyomukama said that the conviction is a big land mark for NDA and a lesson to all those involved in stealing medicine from public health facilities which compromises the quality of health service delivery hence discrediting government programs.
Meanwhile National Drug Authority NDA through routine monitoring, surveillance and Intelligence on the quality of medical products on the market has discovered a substandard and falsified medicine, Augmentin, Postinor-2 and Quinine Bisulphate.
According to Lubowa Nasser the head of Post Market and Surveillance NDA,the surveillance was carried out in over 500 suspected drug outlets across the country and impounded the products from 14 drug outlets.
Lubowa noted that the drug outlets where the drugs were found and the suspect were arrested and investigations are on going,on the different particulars of Postinor-2 and Quinine.