NDA DISCOVERS 24,000 SPOILED ANIMAL VACCINES IN WESTERN UGANDA

NDA regional Regulatory officer, Dr Steven Ssemakaru and other officers during routine inspections

CHRIS FRANK

HOIMA: MONDAY, 15 NOVEMBER 2021

The National Drug Authority (NDA) has discovered 24,440 spoiled vaccines during their operations recently conducted in different districts of western Uganda.

The NDA regional Regulatory officer, Dr Steven Ssemakaru says, in the last two weeks, they carried out operations in the districts of Kibaale, Kakumiro, Kagadi, Kabarole, Kasanda, Kyenjojo, Kyegegwa and Mubende in which they visited over 70 outlets which include veterinary drug shops, Agrochemicals shops, and animals’ feeds shops.

During the operations they impounded 32 boxes of assorted Veterinary drugs worth sh230 million.

According to Ssemakaru, the operations were aimed at monitoring compliance, auditing of cold chain facilities in both public and private facilities, auditing of recalled products and promotional materials.

He disclosed that the team discovered 1,140 doses of Rabies vaccine and 1,800 doses of contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP) Vaccines at Kibaale district local government veterinary department.

He said that the vaccines at this point were quarantined because they were unfit to use.

He also notes that they found 20,000 doses of infectious bursal disease (IBD) or Gumboro vaccines and 1,500 Newcastle Disease Vaccine (NCD) in private veterinary drugs shops.

He said during the operations they also discovered and impounded 71 batches of vials of Norottraz in drug shops yet it was recalled in January.

They also impounded unregistered products which include 68 packets of poultry care herbals product and 14 bottles of 100 mls of calcium supplements.

During the operation the team also confiscated certificates of in-charges of different drug shops on allegation of delegating unqualified personnel to operate on their behalf.

Jean Muhindo, NDA Head of Veterinary products says that all the impounded drugs were either found expired, poorly stored, in unsuitable premises or in ungazetted premises.

He added that NDA will continue with the operations to deal with non-compliant veterinary drug dealers.

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