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President Museveni orders closure of privately owned pharmacies

The president of the Republic of Uganda H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed the health minister of Uganda to investigate and close privately owned pharmacies.

In a tweet sent in by the president, he pointed out that he’s been informed of pharmacies whose functionality depend on misusing government drugs for individual benefits.

Here’s the full statement:

I have directed the health minister to oversee the closure of all 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 their own drugs.

I am also directing 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.” the president tweeted.

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