The National Medical Stores (NMS) has dismissed claims that there is shortage of drugs and sundries in the country.
“I get disturbed when I hear anybody saying there they do not have Mama Kits or even ARVs for instance. We do not have any shortage. In fact what we do not have is enough space for all the batches. As I speak we have our containers at Nakawa. We only get space when we receive more orders,” said the NMS executive director, Moses Kamabare during a media tour of the drugs warehouse at Entebbe yesterday.
Kamabare said NMS delivers medicines, sundries and laboratory supplies to all the 2900 public health facilities across the country.
“For all government and accredited facilities, we supply them twice a month according to orders. For regional referral hospitals, we do deliveries once every month,” said Kamabare.
“We have a system that enables us to process emergency orders within 24 hours. We also work on weekends and public holidays, but some hospitals often let us down. They may tell you they are not open on weekends, yet the patients are stuck,” he added.
He further explained that some of the health facilities were not affiliated to the drug delivery system.
“If there is a new facility in your village, it misses out unless it receives certification from the health and finance ministries,” said Kamabare.