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Museveni Orders Closure Of Private Pharmacies In Government Health Centres

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has ordered the closure of Private pharmacies in government health centres.

Museveni gave the order on Wednesday saying they are bent on selling medicine their own medicine instead of prescriptions from government health centres.

Below is his message

I have directed the health minister to oversee the closure of all the privately-owned pharmacy shops in government health centres. I am told that those pharmacies are owned by health workers. Instead of prescribing the use of government medicine, they prescribe the selling of their own drugs.

I have also issued a directive to the Minister of Public Service to conclude the issue of pay to government scientists and university teachers by moving them to the desired levels we previously agreed.

Paying the medical workers, the government scientists and the academicians well removes the temptation of double loyalty ─ to the public service and to the private interest of the employee.

We can, then, be able to ban completely the practice of government health workers, running parallel clinics or drug shops. It was not reasonable to do that when the salaries were so low.

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