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Zziwa calls for ecclesial partnership as JMS marks 40 years

By Mathias Mazinga

Added 8th June 2019 09:44 AM

“If we work together, we can serve humanity better. The achievements of Joint Medical Store in the last 40 years stand as a testimony to this...

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The Director of Customer Services at Joint Medical Store, Joanita Namutebi, takes the Catholic and Church of Uganda Bishops around the Joint Medical Store Warehouse at Nsambya, during the organisation's 40th anniversary symposium. Photos by Mathias Mazinga.

“If we work together, we can serve humanity better. The achievements of Joint Medical Store in the last 40 years stand as a testimony to this...

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KAMPALA - The Chairman of the Uganda Episcopal Conference, the Rt Rev Prof Joseph Antony Zziwa, has called for a deeper and more committed partnership between Bishops of the Catholic Church and the Church of Uganda.

“If we work together, we can serve humanity better. The achievements of the Joint Medical Store in the last 40 years stand as a testimony to this. But we also need to work together in the area of education.  Just like medical work, education in Uganda was also pioneered by the Christian missionaries.

 he hairman of the ganda piscopal onference rof oseph ntony ziwa delivers his remarks The Chairman of the Uganda Episcopal Conference, Prof Joseph Antony Zziwa delivers his remarks

 
“The education that the missionaries introduced was holistic. It involved the academic, physical, moral and spiritual formation of the students. Today Christian morals and values are eroding away, in many of our schools. We thus need to work together to defend and develop the rich education legacy that the missionaries entrusted to us.”

Zziwa made the remarks during a joint symposium of Catholic and Church of Uganda Bishops at the Uganda Joint Medical Store head office at Nsambya.

Joint Medical Store (JMS) is a private, faith-based, not-for-profit pharmaceutical organisation, which was established in 1979 as a joint venture between the Catholic Church and the Protestant Church, to ensure efficient supply of quality medicines. The symposium was one of the activities to mark 40 years of the organisation.

 he rchbishop of the hurch of ganda tanley tagali delivers his remarks The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali delivers his remarks

 
Zziwa thanked the management and staff of the Joint Medical Store for their dedicated service, which he said had enabled the organisation to grow steadily.

Speaking during the same function, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Rev Stanley Ntagali said that medical work was part of the evangelistic ministry of the Church, which was why the mainstream Churches: Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox, were deeply involved in medical service.

“Jesus satisfied the spiritual and physical needs of the people. He wanted people to have life in its fullness. As Church leaders, we want to heal people’s bodies so that they can be good followers of Christ. It is not enough to tell a person that Jesus loves you and you don’t attend to their physical needs. Medical work is preaching the gospel practically. Through our involvement in the field of health, we are continuing the healing ministry of Jesus.

 atholic relates during the ecumenical prayers Catholic Prelates during the ecumenical prayers

 
Ntagali congratulated the management, staff and all the stakeholders of Joint Medical Store on the organisation’s 40th anniversary. He later urged them to be more committed to the improvement of the organisation’s service delivery.

“We are co-workers of God. We must ensure that our health facilities are well-equipped. We must not allow corruption in our medical centres.  Stories of medicines getting stolen or expired, or getting legs and go to places where they were not intended to be, must not come to our ears. Know that you are serving a living God, who also gave you the opportunity to serve people in that capacity.”

“Let us improve on the things we do. Let’s continue to be instruments of God’s healing love. Let’s be faithful and diligent as we execute our roles, knowing that we are serving a living God, who also never changes.”

 n employee of oint edical tore briefs the nglican relates about the organisations quality assurance systems An employee of the Joint Medical Store briefs the Anglican Prelates about the organisation's quality assurance systems

 
The Executive Director of Joint Medical Store, Dr. Bildard Baguma, pledged to continue working harmoniously with the Catholic and Anglican Bishops, and the ministry of health, to ensure that people all over the country get quality drugs.

Earlier during the function, the ecumenical Bishops were taken through a tour of the organisation’s multi-billion ware-house, during which they were shown the storage facilities and systems of quality assurance that the organisation has put in place in the last 40 years.

During the function, the Bishops were treated to a captivating cabaret entertainment from ensembles like Joint Medical Store Chapel Choir, Reach Out Mbuya Cultural Troupe and the Golden Praise (Anglican) Choir.

 he xecutive irector of oint edical tore r ildard aguma addressing the atholic ishops during their visit to the organisations head office The Executive Director of Joint Medical Store, Dr. Bildard Baguma, addressing the Catholic Bishops during their visit to the organisation's head office

 

 each ut buya ultural roupe giving a cabaret entertainment Reach Out Mbuya Cultural Troupe giving a cabaret entertainment

 

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