The General Medical of the National Medical Stores (NMS) Moses Kamabare has said the organisation is determined to provide better services in the future as long as resources are availed to it.
Mr. Kamabare made the pledge during NMS’s public engagement with the youth and women leaders in Kampala.
He said his organisation is mandated to procure, store and deliver medicines and medical supplies to government health facilities.
He said NMS which made 25 years this December, works with the in-charges of health facilities, district health officers as well as executive directors of national referral hospitals.
The official urged the public and health officers to discuss and agree on the most needed medicines and medical supplies that are most needed in their health facilities or their districts.
He said much as government provides resources for the medicines and other supplies, development partners have also been key in providing some of the medicines.
“NMS does not want to misuse resources given to it by government or development partners,” he said, adding that development partners are concerned with transparency and accountability issues before they can give any money to buy the supplies.
NMS delivers medicine up to the facility’s doorstep. It delivers medicine to all health facilities from RRH’s, General Hospitals, HCIV’s, HCIII’s and HCII’s through a system called Last mile delivery.
NMS contracts private transporters to deliver the medicines from district headquarters to individual lower health facilities. The in-charges of lower health facilities receive the cartons containing medicines accompanied by delivery notes specifying medicines in each carton.
The in-charges and another member of the community or security organization then open the cartons to confirm that medicines received are exactly what is indicated on delivery notes and are in good condition then proceed to sign and stamp the delivery notes.