President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has directed the Minister of Health Hon. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng to oversee closure of privately owned pharmacies in government health centres.
The President ordered the closure because he was told that those pharmacies are owned by health workers who Instead of prescribing the use of government medicine, they prescribe the selling of their own drugs.
“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,” M7 said.