By Carol Kasujja
In a bid to continue sponsoring "News Papers in Education" a young reader related program by providing affordable reading materials to students, the National Drug Authority (NDA) has renewed its contract with the New Vision to supply copies of newspapers to 20 selected schools.
The sponsorship worth sh30, 000,000 shall be paid in equal installment per term. Every Wednesday in Mwalimu, an education page, pupils from p1-p7 will write stories on issues related to drugs.
Speaking to New Vision at NDA offices in Kampala, Gordon Sematiko, the executive secretary of NDA said "I would like to thank New Vision for the co-operation. Since the project started there is evidence that awareness of our products is going up, these days parents and children can tell the different roles played by National medical store and National drug Authority."
Sematiko noted that when parents get to know the signs of genuine drugs, how to handle drugs and avoid side effects and where to go for the right drugs, it makes their work easy and effective.
During the meeting, Fredrick Ssekyana, NDA Public Relations Officer called upon teachers and parents to create awareness about NDA activities in the community.
"Parents should not buy drugs from every drug shop most of them are not licensed and they should pass on the message to the young ones," he said.
NDA is currently on a national campaign to educate pupils on how to detect counterfeit drugs. The campaign aims at a raising a generation that is cautious of the dangers of such drugs. NDA officials have so far visited 20 schools interacting with pupils from upper classes.