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By James Odong 

The people of Uganda put National Medical Stores(NMS) in place through an Act of Parliament and gave it a three-fold mandate: to Procure, Warehouse and Distribute Essential Medicines and Medical Supplies, primarily to Government health facilities.

We have further crystallized this mandate to focus on major deliverables. One is to ensure that we stock all the essential medicines and medical supplies that the health facilities have quantified through their procurement plans, against the available budget. The second deliverable is to ensure that we deliver to these health facilities as indicated in our published Delivery Schedule.

By James Odong

Nurses administering Yellow Fever Vaccination during the 3 day Free Yellow Fever Vaccination

As early as 6:00am, hundreds of Ugandans had already camped at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds waiting for the National Medical Stores(NMS) and Ministry of Health(MOH) teams to come and administer to them the yellow fever vaccination free of charge.

The vaccination exercise was aimed at helping Ugandans who may not afford to pay sh100, 000 at Kampala Capital City Authority and other private health facilities.

 Yellow fever is a viral haemorrhagic disease caused by a virus transmitted to humans via an aedes mosquito bite or to humans from primate reservoir via a forest mosquito species. People who become ill usually present with acute onset of fever with at least abdominal pain, diarrhoea, headache, jaundice, unexplained bleeding.

 By James Odong


National Medical Stores (NMS) Smart Care App has won the most coveted award in the just concluded E-Government Excellence Awards 2019.

NMS Smart Care is a set of products that enable Public Health Facilities and the general public to give and receive feedback on the medicine and medical supplies delivered by NMS in real time. Read more about NMS Smart Care from this link

During the awarding ceremony which was held at Speke Resort Munyonyo on Thursday 27th June 2019, National Information Technology-Uganda (NITA-U) presented NMS with an award of excellence for an outstanding e-Service in the health sector.

NMS had been nominated in other categories like best Exhibitor, Government Entity of the year and best Head of IT at the Information Technology Expo which was recently held at Garden City in Kampala.

The main purpose was to recognize the various Government agencies that have played a  remarkable  role in availing online government services to the public, which NMS has not only been able to achieve as a government organization but put as a priority for public service.

Date: 26/10/2018

By James Odong

Jiggers continue to be reported as a major public health problem in Uganda, particularly in Rubanda District. They have become a community horror increasing poverty and social exclusion of the affected people and sometimes leading to death.

Jigger infestation is one of the neglected public health problems in Rubanda District affecting the Batwa communities of Bufundi Sub County.

“Jiggers are a leading cause of disability, morbidity and sometimes mortality, particularly in the elderly, women and school age children among the Batwa community here. There is hence an urgent need to step up efforts by all stakeholders and fight this scourge”, said Rubanda District Medical Officer (DHO), Dr Abdon Birungi.

National Medical Stores (NMS) Entebbe, a government parastatal responsible for procuring, storing and distributing medicine and medical supplies working with Rubanda District Local Government have stepped up its efforts towards the eradication of jiggers in the area.


NMS Smart Care is a set of online tools (including mobile APPS - NMS SMART CARE APP and NMS LMD APP in Google Play Store) that enable Public Health Facilities and the general public to give and receive feedback on the medicine and medical supplies. Read More

NMS delivers medicine up to the facility’s doorstep. NMS 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 Read More

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