The silver jubilee of National Medical Stores (NMS) concluded last weekend with a call from Archbishop Stanley Ntagali to end corruption in health facilities. He was presiding over the NMS prayer breakfast at the site of their soon-to-be opened warehouse complex in Kajjansi.
The occasion was the culmination of three days of the corporation engaging various stakeholders. NMS is the statutory body mandated to procure, store and distribute essential medicines and medical supplies to government health facilities, including those that belong to the police, prisons and military facilities.
Ntagali also decried the theft of medicines and essential supplies from government health facilities as well as the bribing of medical workers to receive treatment.
“It is our collective responsibility to fight corruption and stop this theft,” he said.
Ntagali lauded NMS for its efforts to cater for the health of Ugandans and urged Ugandans to take greater responsibility with regard to their health.
“God is the healer, but before we need medicine, we need to take care of our bodies. We can prevent disease where possible; so, go for regular health checks because prevention is better than cure.”
A recent innovation has also seen NMS integrate the distribution of vaccines with ordinary medicines. Moses Kamabare, the NMS general manager, highlighted the various challenges the corporation is facing, stressing the need for those responsible at health facilities to deliver their procurement plans in a timely manner in order for NMS to quickly process their orders.