The Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has commended National Medical Stores for making substantial progress amidst challenges and therefore called upon other government agencies to emulate its example.

PM Rugunda in a group photo with the NMS staff at the NMS ground breaking ceremony for the construction of an Ultra Modern warehouse in Kajjani on Wednesday(Photo by PMPU)

The Premier made the remarks at the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of National Medical Stores Ultra-Modern ware house in Kajjansi. He also commended the architectural plan of the ware house, noting that it will not only improve service delivery in the health sector but will also enhance the appearance of Kampala as a city.

“This is a big additional facility for our country. Thank you National Medical Stores for being an example of good management which should be emulated by other agencies,” the Premier said. He called upon management and staff of National Medical Stores to continue with the good performance and ensure that services cover the whole country.

Rugunda also thanked the development partners involved in the construction of the facility especially Global and GAVI Funds, for supporting Government development programmes.

The Minister of State for Primary Health Care Sarah Opendi, commended National Medical Stores for the commitment and dedication to serve the country. “Contrary to the belief that Ugandans are not good managers, the National Medical Stores is a testimony that Ugandans can run business very well,” Opendi said.

She observed that teamwork, focused leadership, transparency, constant communication and embracing of ICT at National Medical Stores has been used to overcome challenges.

Opendi said that the health sector was focusing on prevention of diseases, which can only be achieved with adequate vaccines. She added that the ware house facility will therefore enable storage of the vaccines.

The Board Chairman of National Medical Stores Dr. Phillip Byaruhanga pledged to continue working closely with the ministry of Health to improve service delivery in the health sector. He noted that National Medical Stores has already drafted a 5-year strategic plan which is aligned to NDPII and the sector plan as recommended by National Planning Authority.

Byaruhanga thanked government for constantly supporting the National Medical Stores. “Government has put confidence in us and we therefore commit ourselves to complete the construction works of the Ultra-Modern ware house by 2019,” Byarugaba said.

The Ultra- Modern ware house will be used for storage of essential medicines and health supplies. The Construction is funded by the Global Fund which has contributed 7.6 million US dollars, while GAVI Fund has offered 1.5 million US dollars.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

BY DOREEN NASASIRA