Health Ministry shuts down unlicensed pharmacies
Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation has over the weekend shut down a series of unlicensed pharmacies in the country, a move the Deputy Health Minister has described as protecting of the public health of the citizenry. (Photo: Mohamed Daudis Koroma, Deputy Health Minister, Sierra Leone)
Sierra Pharmacy on Freetown Road Lumley, Sierra Pharmacy on Regent Road Lumley, Christbatu Drug store on Beach Road Lumley, Hajinu Drugstore on Wilkinson Road and Millie’s Drug Store on Jomo Kenyatta Road in Freetown were all shut down by the Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone on the orders of the Deputy Minister of Health for non compliance with the laws of the country, thereby putting at stake the health of the public the Health Minister said.
Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation Mohamed D. Koroma informed Sierra Express that the Board was also mandated to make arrest of defaulters who he added will be charged to court pursuant of the Pharmacy and Drugs Act of 2001. He said “gone are the days when respect for the laws thrived and the health of the citizenry put at stake with impunity; this time round, we at the health Ministry are ready to lead by example and ensure that this circle of impunity ends”.
The Minister said the move to shut down unlicensed pharmacies is part of the government agenda of health care service delivery to ensure that the people benefit from a serene health care service according to law and standard procedure. He also added that this move marks the start of the closure of all illegal health care service outlets in the country, maintaining that litigation will be taken on whosoever are found wanting in this respect.
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