KAMPALA-- The Ministry of Health and the National Drug Authority (NDA) are investigating two companies over the supply of the suspected fake hepatitis B vaccines to private health facilities in Uganda.

The Ministry says the vaccines may actually be genuine but stolen from government health facilities and the labels changed by unscrupulous people.

Sarah Opendi, the State Minister for Health told a media conference here Sunday that during their market surveillance, officers from the Ministry and NDA traced some of the counterfeit vaccines to Kumate Diagnostics Ltd Kampala and Forever Green Enterprises in Old Kampala.

She stated that they had established that Kumate is owned by two laboratory technicians, who are not licensed to supply vaccines, while Forever Green is non-existent and the name could have been forged by scrupulous people to dupe Ugandans.

The eight health facilities found with the suspicious vaccines had bought them from these two companies and other unlicensed dealers with fake addresses on invoices and receipts. The vaccines were being sold in the districts of Mbarara, Mbale, Wakiso and Kampala.

Opendi said Uganda had contacted the Serum Institute of India to verify the batch numbers of vaccines supplied by it, but it denied ever supplying the vaccines seized.



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