President Yoweri Museveni has this afternoon commissioned the new National Medical Stores pharmaceutical warehouse and office complex in Kajjansi, off Entebbe Road. 

Speaking at the function, President Museveni commended the  Ministry of Health and the National Medical Stores for the complex  which he said would solve some of the challenges faced by the  sector. 

“I want to congratulate the Ministry of health and NMS for constructing this good warehouse, it is a good one, it solves the issue of storing well and in big quantities,” he said.

The President used the platform to castigate the theft of government drugs in hospitals which he said should be dealt with as it deprives the people of Uganda their rights to access drugs in hospitals. 

He noted that the government is committed to getting out of the dependency syndrome in as far as drugs and vaccines are concerned. The President placed emphasis on increased efforts to locally manufacture drugs and medicines in order to have a robust  and cost-effective health system in the country. 

On public health, Mr. Museveni advised the Ministry of health to focus on disease prevention rather than treatment in hospitals,  adding that most of the diseases are preventable. 

He saluted the development partners for the support

The Minister of Health, Hon. Jane Ruth Aceng noted that the new complex is a demonstration that the government of Uganda is committed to improving medical supplies in the country. She thanked the President for his continued support to the health sector. 

The US Ambassador, H.E Natalie Brown, thanked the President and the government of Uganda for the commitment to improving the health services in the country. She said that the completion of the new complex is a big milestone in the health sector. 

GAVI CEO, Dr. Seth Berkeley underscored the power of partnership saying that working as partners contributes a great deal in  achieving desired goals.

The Chairman Board of directors NMS, Dr. Nathan Mucunguzi said that over the years the mandate and volume of essential  Medicines and Health Supplies, handled by National Medical  Stores have increased resulting in the need to expand storage  capacity at the central level to manage the growing supply chain demands, hence the Construction of this new warehouse. 

The new warehouse project in Kajjansi will improve the storage  capacity with additional 30,000 pallet locations of warehouse  space, which is almost four times the current capacity at Entebbe  NMS headquarters. 

The new NMS pharmaceutical warehouse is also a green building  with installation of energy-efficient solutions like the use of solar  energy to run the building and natural light instead of artificial  power-consuming bulbs. 

National Medical Stores (NMS) is a government agency mandated  to procure, store and distribute Medicines and medical supplies to  government owned health facilities.

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