BY INNOCENT ATUGANYIRA
HOIMA: SUNDAY, AUGUST 22, 2021
The National Drug Authority (NDA) is courting the Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom to promote proper use of medicines and safeguard the health of the people.
On Friday two prominent NDA officials in Bunyoro, Christopher Luzinda, Manager western, and the Public Relations Manager, Abiaz Rwamwiri, visited the Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Andrew Byakutaga in Hoima City.
The officials discussed how to promote and protect public health through safe use of drugs in Bunyoro Kingdom.
One of the Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom’s objectives is to strengthen strategic partnerships that can contribute towards the Kingdom’s overall target of improving on the quality of life of the people.
Rt. Hon. Byakutaga explained that the NDA officials engaged them on how they can ensure the proper use of the Traditional and Complementary Medicines Act.
“The Kingdom agreed to cooperate and work with the ministry of health to improve on the proper use of herbal medicines,” he confirmed.
On September 14, 2020, President Yoweri Museveni signed the Traditional and Complementary Medicines Act, a year since it was passed by parliament.
The Act was passed on February 5, 2019, and it among others seeks to regulate the use of traditional herbal medicines.
According to the National Medicine Policy 2015, nearly 80% of the populations in developing countries use traditional medicine as a first call for treatment before visiting a health facility.
“The Bunyoro Kingdom will ensure that the public is sensitized on the proper use of local medicines and herbs since they also cure diseases,” Rt. Hon. Byakutaga said, adding that they will ask the traditional herbalists to ensure proper use of herbs and conserve nature.
In March this year, the ministry of health through permanent secretary, Dr. Diana Atwine, signed a memorandum of understanding with Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom to improve on the health system in the Kingdom, and since them, there has been good relationship between the Kingdom officials and the ministry of health.