MPs Inspect Uganda’s Major Pharmaceutical Suppliers

Ugandan MPs tour a pharmaceutical industry in India

One of Uganda’s renowned chemists, stuff Prof Bernard Turyagenda Kiremire, sales is dead. He was 67.

A Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Makerere University’s College of Natural Sciences, Kiremire passed away on Monday night at a hospital in India.

Makerere University publicist, Ritah Namisango, confirmed the sad development.

“Yes, it is true, he is dead,” said Namisango on Wednesday morning.

Zaam Ssali, the spokesperson of the College where Kiremire was attached, said the deceased was “in India for treatment. He had heart problems and was battling a tumour. Of course things didn’t work out well.”

The celebrated inorganic chemist hailed from Rukungiri in Kigezi District, Western Uganda.

Who is Kiremire?

Prof. Kiremire graduated from Makerere University College, University of East Africa with a BSc (Honours) degree in 1970.

He joined the University of New Brunswick, Canada, as a Commonwealth Scholar in 1971 and graduated with a PhD in inorganic chemistry in 1977 specialising in Transition Metal Chemistry.

Shortly upon completing his PhD, Prof Kiremire got a lectureship at the University of Zambia where he rose to the rank of Associate Professor.

He left the University of Zambia in 2001 when an opportunity presented him at University of Namibia (UNAM) in 2001. Prof Kiremire took up the position of Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Science and subsequently became Dean. His major passion has been teaching science.

He has taught the subject for over 30 years at university level mostly in Southern Africa and Uganda.

During his scholarly works, Prof Kiremire contributed immensely to research.

Officials told Chimpreports the inorganic chemist has developed organo-metallic complexes (compounds) which is a synthesis of more than 20 new osmium compounds containing nitrosyl, and dinitrogen ligands which is stated to be a very dif?cult research area.

It is understood this is unquestionably a signi?cant accomplishment as some of these synthetic compounds have shown outstanding anti-malaria activity.

Prof. Kiremire together with UNAM registered seven patents on malaria treatment with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). These patents are certi?ed as having industrial application by WIPO, meaning the patents can be used in relevant industries in the ?ght against malaria.

In addition, in 27 October, 2011, WIPO published and circulated 7 Patents to all its 184 member countries including Namibia under the name of their inventor, Prof. Enos M.R. Kiremire. The 7 Parents have already been translated into 9 languages of the world.

Prof Kiremire boasts several awards which include; Commonwealth Fellowship to the University of New Brunswick, Canada, 1971, Nuf? eld Foundation Fellowship (one of the 2 from Africa) to University of Sussex, UK, 1981; Visiting Lectureship to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, 1991 and visiting Professorship to the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, 1998.

He has published widely over 30 publications some of which are in reputable journals like 7 Patents recognized by WIPO.

Prof Kiremire was married to his Noredah Kiremire with three children.
A delegation of Members of Parliament of the Committee on Health, order and a technical team from the National Drug Authority last week made a spot check on some of Uganda’s major pharmaceutical suppliers in India.

While on a week-long tour of the manufacturing facilities that ended Monday, buy more about the leader of the delegation, discount who is also the Chairperson, Committee on Health, Hon. Dr. Kenneth Omona, said the interest of the Committee was the access, efficacy and safety of the drugs that Ugandans consume and to also see whether the firms follow internationally recognised current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP).

“We are also here to oversee the work of National Drug Authority  because it is the body which licences, inspects and certifies the firms which produce medicines destined for the Uganda market”, he added.

The Committee was however concerned that India is also the origin of some counterfeit and substandard medicines which find their way to the Uganda market. India presently accounts for about 60 percent of all drugs that are imported into Uganda.

According to Mr Gordon Ssematiko, Executive Secretary NDA, antibiotics and antimalarials have been prone to being counterfeited but the institution has drastically addressed the problem, which is now at 2.8 percent.

“The prevalence of counterfeit or fake drugs used to be very high”, he said. “We banned importation and use of bulk packs and we insist on blister packs. We also intensified our procedures, which now include night operations throughout the whole country,” he explained.

Following the visit of the delegation to the Food and Drugs Control Administration of Gujarat State, India, Dr Sam Zaramba, the Chairman NDA, revealed to the delegation that they are seeking the amendment of the law such that the regulation of food can also be consolidated under the Authority. The Committee was informed that there is presently no specific agency regulating cosmetics or medical devices.

Some of the pharmaceutical industries the Committee visited included Agog Pharmacy Ltd, Sparsh Bio-Tech Pvt Ltd, Claris Lifesciences Ltd and Astra Lifecare Pvt Ltd.

The delegation of MPs of the Health Committee included, Hon. Dr. Omona Kenneth, MP Kaberamaido (Chairperson, Committee on Health); Hon. Dr. Patrick Mutono (MP, Pallisa District), Hon. Atim Joy Ongom (Woman Representative, Lira) and Hon. Naome Kabasharira (Woman Representative, Ntungamo).

The technical team from the National Drug Authority comprised Dr Sam Zaramba, Chairman NDA; Mr Gordon Ssematiko, Executive Secretary NDA; Mr Nahamya David, Senior Inspector of Drugs and Mr Nsereko Henry, Drug Analyst.

Parliament Corps 


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