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Museveni Tasks NMS to Manufacture Medicines and Vaccines.

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President Yoweri  Museveni  has  this  afternoon  commissioned  the new National Medical Stores pharmaceutical warehouse and office complex in Kajjansi, off Entebbe Road .

Speaking as the chief guest, President Museveni commended the Ministry of health as well National Medical Stores for the complex which  he  said  would  solve  some  of the  challenges  faced  by  the sector.

“I   want   to   congratulate   the   Ministry   of  health   and   NMS   for constructing  this  good warehouse,  it  is  a  good  one,  it  solves  the issue of storing well and in big quantities,” he said .

The    President   used    the    platform    to    castigate    the    theft    of government drugs in hospitals which he said should be dealt with as it deprives the people of Uganda their rights to access drugs in hospitals .

He  noted  that the  government is  committed  to  getting  out  of the dependency   syndrome   in   as   far   as   drugs   and   vaccines   are concerned . The President placed emphasis on increased efforts to locally manufacture drugs and medicines in order to have a robust and cost-effective health system in the country .

On public health, Mr . Museveni advised the Ministry of health to focus  on  disease  prevention  rather  than  treatment  in  hospitals, adding that most of the diseases are preventable .

He   saluted   the   development   partners   for   the   support   in   the building of the magnificent storage .

The Minister of Health, Hon . Jane Ruth Aceng noted that the new complex  is  a  demonstration  that  the  government  of  Uganda  is committed  to  improving  medical  supplies  in  the  country .   She

thanked  the  President  for  his  continued  support  to  the  health sector .

The  US  Ambassador,  H .E  Natalie  Brown,  thanked  the  President and the government of Uganda for the commitment in improving the health services in the country . She said that the completion of the new complex is a big milestone in the health sector .

GAVI    CEO,    Dr .    Seth    Berkeley    underscored    the    power    of partnership saying that working as partners will be a great deal in achieving desired goals .

The  Chairman  Board  of  directors  NMS,  Dr .  Nathan  Mucunguzi said  that  over  the  years  the  Mandate,  and  volume  of  Essential Medicines   and   Health   Supplies,   handled   by   National   Medical Stores  has  increased  resulting  in  the  need  to  expand  storage capacity at the central level to manage the growing supply chain demands, hence the Construction of this new warehouse.

National Medical Stores undertook construction works of a modern pharmaceutical warehouse and office complex at Kajjansi site at a cost of around Shs69Bn.

The  new  warehouse  project  in  Kajjansi  will  improve  the  storage capacity  with   additional   30,000   pallet   locations   of  warehouse space, which is almost four times the current capacity at Entebbe

NMS headquarters .

The new NMS pharmaceutical warehouse is also a green building with installation of energy-efficient solutions like the use of solar energy  to  run  the  building  and  natural  light  instead  of artificial power-consuming bulbs .

National Medical Stores  (NMS) is a government agency mandated to procure, store and distribute Medicines and medical supplies to government owned health facilities .

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