NORDIC MPS INSPECT NMS WAREHOUSE PROJECT
By Mulengera Reporter
A delegation of MPs from four Nordic Countries of Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Sweden have toured project works at the National Medical Stores (NMS) Kajjansi Warehouse expected to be launched in June 2020.
NMS hosted the 13-person delegation in close collaboration with the Global Fund, GAVI, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and UNICEF.
NMS General Manager Moses Kamabare said the visit had given the MPs “a unique opportunity to experience first-hand the impact” that Global Health programmes funded by the Global Fund, GAVI, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and UNICEF have had – and continue to have – on Uganda.
“They were interested in understanding the challenges and opportunities encountered by the government of Uganda while providing drugs and other medical supplies with focus on [Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health] RMNCAH services, Immunization, [Prevention of mother-to-child Transmission] PMTCT and Malaria programmes to those who need them most,” added Kamabare.
After the inspection, head of delegation Bjorn Solder, a Swedish legislator, noted that it was “important for parliamentarians to see how donor moneys are being spent in reality.”
The donor MPs, Kamabare further revealed, were satisfied that their money was not wasted and that GAVI funds funded the expansion of cold chain room plus procurement of vaccines for children and immunization of cancer against women, among other things.
Meanwhile, Kamabare told the lawmakers that contractors will hand over the new warehouse in Kajjansi, four times bigger than the one in Entebbe, to NMS in four months’ time.
Global Fund has contributed 90 per cent of funds needed for the warehouse project that will consume about Shs80bn upon completion.
For his part, NMS Board chairperson Dr Jotham Musinguzi thanked the donors for their financial support and encouragement and pledged to put to good use donor funds towards various health programmes.