National Medical Stores(NMS) and the Ministry of Health hosted a farewell dinner for the US Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah Malac at Serena Hotel, Kampala.
Speaking during the dinner, the Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng thanked the US government for supporting Uganda’s health sector.
The Minister hailed Amb. Deborah for being the first Ambassador to bring the US Embassy team very close to the Ministry of Health to the point where one didn’t know the difference between the US Government and the sector.
“Thank you for your friendship, your down to earth nature, and believing in us, and believing that we are not all corrupt. Thank you!”, she said amidst applause.
The Minister said many programs which are being implemented by the Ministry of Health like the TB/Leprosy Control Program, Malaria Control Program, Aids Control Program among others had benefited from the support from the US Government.
“Allow me on behalf of the Ministry of Health to to say thank you very much for your support. At NMS we now have an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) project which is going to help us truck medicine and medical supplies to ensure that the drugs are put into the hands of the beneficiaries”, she said.
USAID has undertaken to support NMS by funding an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system comprised of both software and hardware components (the “ERP System”). The ERP System is intended to increase accountability of stock and supply of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies in the public sector, and to strengthen the national system of supply chain management.
The Minister added, “One of the grey areas has been for us to be able to account for the medicines which go to the beneficiaries. We want to ensure that the theft of medicine is brought to under control”.
Dr Jotham Musinguzi the Board Chairman, NMS thanked the US Government for supporting Uganda`s health sector.
“As a Board Chairman of NMS, we thank you so much for supporting us with the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system which is going to revolutionize the way NMS serves Ugandans. Thank you for supporting Ugandans with Anti-Retroviral(ARVs), Thank you for supporting NMS Last Mile Delivery of medicine which puts the much needed medicine right at the community level at the lower health facilities. We are here to celebrate your work”, Dr Musinguzi said.
The outgoing US Ambassador, Deborah Malac hailed the Ministry of Health for making great strides in the health sector.
“As I reflect back the last four years, the work we have done together with the Ministry of Health has been incredible. There are many challenges and they will continue to be as we give Ugandans the health care they need”, she said.
The outgoing Ambassador added, “We have been able to bring down the prevalence of HIV, we have made progress in the fight against malaria, we still have a challenge with TB but we have worked together to move that in a positive direction. We have built the capacity of the Ugandan health care system to respond to Ebola. Uganda is now leading the whole region in the response and management of Ebola”. ENDS.