The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah Tuesday paid a visit to the National Medical Stores (NMS) with the aim of familiarising with the operations at healthy agency.
NMS conducts business on behalf of government and is accountable to the general public.
National Medical Stores is mandated to Procure, Stores & Distribute Essential Medicines and Medical Supplies to all Public Health Facilities in the Country.
NMS regularly reports back to the Parliamentary committee about their state of service delivery across the country in order to ensure transparency and accountability to The Ministry of Health, Members of Parliament and other Stakeholders.
During the visit at the NMS facilities in Entebbe, Oulanyah praised the new possibilities that NMS has brought to Uganda’s medical environment and pointed out the excellent role NMS has played to better the lives of Ugandans.
He reaffirmed Government’s commitment to keep supporting NMS activities, innovations and operational efficiency.
Oulanyah commented, “National Medical Stores (NMS), and its management, is a story of hope for Uganda. In this country Goliath is winning all the time. So when David wins we must celebrate. And this is a case of David winning.”
He also applauded the CSR campaign NMS is yet to embark on against the Nodding Disease syndrome, a mysterious condition whose origin and cause is still unknown.
Nodding syndrome is a severe neurological disorder that manifests as seizures, head nodding, cognitive impairment, and multiple disabilities which affects mostly children.
Oulanyah is one of the MPs representing some of the regions in the districts of Kitgum, Pader and Omoro affected by the appalling situation of children suffering from the Nodding Syndrome.
NMS is an autonomous Corporation that was established by an Act of Parliament 1993, under Chapter 207 of the Laws of Uganda. Their mandate has grown to serve 100% of government health facilities including the police, army, prisons and Vaccine handling.