JINJA – The National Drug Authority-NDA has impounded 406 boxes of substandard assorted of medicines worth Ugx100m.
The head of enforcement at NDA Samuel KyomukamaIn disclosed that the drugs were impounded from the districts of Iganga, Kamuli, Buyende, Jinja, Kaliro, Namutumba, Kayunga, and Jinja City.
Kyomukama said that some of the culprits were licensed to operate drug shops, but, they instead resorted to running clinics, where substandard medicines were being freely administered to unsuspecting victims.
He further noted that most operators lacked operational licenses and were also employing unqualified personnel to run the drug shops.
The Kiira Regional Police Spokesperson, James Mubi said that detectives were closely working with NDA officials to crack down against drug hawkers, most of whom sell fake drugs.
Mubi added that available information indicated that, suspects normally disguise themselves as passengers, who board long-distance buses and sell drugs.
He tasked religious, cultural, and political leaders to support NDA and security personnel in the crackdown.