The National Drug Authority (NDA) has impounded fake hepatitis B vaccines from hospitals in Kampala and around the country.
A statement by NDA Donna Kusemererwa the NDS Secretary warned the public about the existence of counterfeit vaccines.
Kusemererwa, said they have so far impounded counterfeit vaccines from Mbarara Community Hospital, Devine Mercy, Mayanja Memorial Hospital, Family Doctors’ Clinic, Ntungamo, Mbarara City Clinic, UMC Hospital, Bukoto, Malcom Health Care, Kisasi, and Kampala Medical Chambers on Buganda Road in Kampala.
“The exercise further led to impounding of more counterfeit hepatitis B vaccines from immunisation camps at Mbale Central Market managed by unscrupulous personnel and others at Mbarara University camp, which was run by Sanyu Medical Centre, Katabi- Entebbe.”
“The available information however shows that all facilities found with the suspected counterfeit had bought them from unlicensed dealers with fake addresses on the invoices/receipts. Some suspects have been arrested and are currently held at police to assist in investigations and others have recorded statements at the respective police stations.”
“We urge all healthcare practitioners/providers and the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious drugs, dealers and drug outlets, and to desist from purchase of drugs from hawkers and any unlicensed medicine suppliers.”