BY DUNCAN MUGISHA
KABALE: FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 2021
Health experts in Kabale district have asked the government through the National Drug Authority to institute a strict policy that will help to ensure accountability and medicine tracking in the medical private sector as a way of reducing antimicrobial resistance.
Oren Aryeija, the Kabale district surveillance officer, said that due to free market and uncontrolled private clinics and pharmacies in the country, the rate of drug resistance and antimicrobial resistance has increased.
He proposed that the government should institute a policy that will compel private dealers in the sale of drugs to stop selling drugs to people without prescription of qualified medical personnel.
He was backed by Dr. Derrick Kakooza, the coordinator of antimicrobial resistance surveillance at Kabale regional referral hospital, said that antimicrobial resistance is the biggest threat to human health in the country.
Alfred Besigensi the Kabale District Acting Health Officer said that alongside strict policies, governments need to cascade training and sensitization strategies to understand the negative side of self-medication as a key cause of antimicrobial resistance.
This was raised during a two days training of stakeholders on the National Action Plan Antimicrobial resistance surveillance held at Cephas Inn hotel, Kabale municipality.
The training was organized by the Coalition for health promotion and social development (HEPS Uganda) in partnership with Infectious Disease Institute (IDI).
It aimed at creating awareness and sensitizing the public on ways of fighting antimicrobial resistance in Uganda.
Prima Kazoora, the HEPS Uganda programs manager, said that health stakeholders need to engage the government through the office of Prime Minister and office of the President to ensure that activities of a National Health platform are incorporated in health master plan.