NDA shuts down 80 veterinary drug shops for non-compliance

The National Drug Authority has shut down a total of 80 veterinary drug shops and agro-chemical shops in South Western Uganda for failure to comply with standards.

The drug shops were closed during a 15-day spot-supervision exercise conducted by the Authority to ensure that dealers in veterinary drugs comply with the stipulated standards.

According to Kenneth Kiiza, NDA’s Regional Manager for Mbarara area which comprises south Western Uganda, the closed drug shops are from the areas of Mbarara, Lyantonde, Ntungamo, Kazo, Kitagwenda among others.

Speaking to the media last Friday at the NDA offices, Kiiza revealed that the authority had inspected over 326 outlets in the area and found out that 80 of them were not compliant with NDA’s standards for veterinary drug shops.

He added that a total of 50 boxes of drugs were impounded during the operation.

“This exercise was aimed at improving the supply and delivery of veterinary drugs in South Western region,” he said.

Dr. Andrew Akashaba, the Mbarara District Veterinary Officer said that private veterinarians have been tasked to register with the district for easy monitoring and quality assurance.

Johnson Turyagumanawe, a veterinary drugs dealer in Mbarara central market welcomed the move and proposed that it should be made regular in order to get rid of quacks who take advantage of laxity by the NDA to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.

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