The Deputy Speaker of Parliament of Uganda, Jacob Oulanyah has commended the National Medical Stores (NMS) for working to ensure that Ugandans access safe medicines and other medical supplies.
Oulanyah made the remarks as he paid a visit to the NMS facilities in Entebbe where he reaffirmed government’s commitment to keep supporting the agency’s activities, innovations and operational efficiency.
He said, “National Medical Stores (NMS), and its management, is a story of hope for Uganda. In this country Goliath is winning all the time. So when David wins we must celebrate. And this is a case of David winning.”
He further applauded the institution’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) campaign where it is to embark on fighting the Nodding Disease syndrome, a mysterious condition whose origin and cause is still unknown.
Nodding syndrome is a severe neurological disorder that manifests as seizures, head nodding, cognitive impairment, and multiple disabilities which affects mostly children.
Oulanyah represents Omoro Constituency in parliament, one of the areas affected by the disease that has attacked especially children.
NMS is mandated to procure, store and distribute essential medicines and medical supplies to all public health facilities in the country. Its mandate has grown to serve 100 percent of government health facilities including the police, army, prisons and vaccine handling.
NMS regularly reports back to the Parliamentary committee about their state of service delivery across the country in order to ensure transparency and accountability to The Ministry of Health, Members of Parliament and other Stakeholders.