GPHC bent on enforcing lax or outdated requirements

first_imgDear Editor,In an article “Government cracks down on illegal medicine” published on March 22, 2019, in the Guyana Chronicle, Director of the Government Analyst Food and Drug Department, Marlon Cole said that “it is more than likely that Guyana has a higher rate of substandard and falsified medical products on its market”.The article went on to say “that several distributors of pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies have not acquired marketing authorisation as required by law, and as such, are engaging in the sale and distribution of pharmaceuticals that are not approved by the Food and Drug Department”. Mr Cole noted that efforts to aggressively enforce legislation mandating distributors to acquire marketing authorisation and drug registration have commenced since 2014, however, resistance to these efforts have continued.It is interesting to note that The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation’s Procurement of Pharmaceutical 2019 Evaluation Criteria, at questions 19 and 20, exempt foreign businesses at the time of bidding from providing a valid import licence and valid marketing authorisations, provisions which directly contradict and undermine the efforts of the Government’s Food and Drug Administration. The effects of this are ultimately felt by the consumers since this presents a direct route to unauthorised entry of drugs not subject to quality inspection by the authority.Further, this places local importers and manufacturers at a disadvantage since they are required to invest time and resources into acquiring the import licence as well as preparing and sending off technical and voluminous documentation as well as products for marketing authorisation. In the absence of evidence supplied by distributors that the product is certified to be sold in Europe and North America, and through CARPHA, Mexico, Cuba, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Columbia, there are obvious questions about their quality.It is disappointing that throughout the public health arm of the Government that such a wide disconnect exists in an area which is critical to ensuring the public’s safety. While the GA-FDD has undertaken significant investment in equipping themselves to raise the standard of drugs sold on the local market and ensure importers’ compliance with the law, the GPHC seems bent on enforcing lax or outdated requirements which, in effect, achieve the complete opposite and are also in violation of the law, as Mr Cole explained.Sincerely,Vishal Sukhailast_img read more

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EXPOSED BY LOCAL BUSINESS: CREDIT CARD SCAMSTERS TARGET DONEGAL

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2019/20: Uganda Premier League team of the first round

first_imgVipers ended the first round four points clear at the top of the UPL. (PHOTOS Courtesy)Vipers SC have set the pace in the 2019/20 Uganda Premier League (UPL) first round and are now odds-on favourites to go all the way and secure a second title in three years.As expected, KCCA FC are their closest challengers with the Kasasiros sitting just 4 points behind the Venoms.Several teams have put up surprising performances including the likes of BUL FC and SC Villa who occupy third and fourth spots respectively.The other traditional giants-Express FC have so far had to endure a wobbly campaign and it seems they will finish closer to the drop than the top unless something unexpected happens in the last 15 games.The three promoted teams have had mixed results with debutants Wakiso Giants FC and Kyetume FC performing fairly well while Proline FC somehow find themselves rooted at the foot of the table.Several coaches have lost their jobs already including Wasswa Bbosa (Tooro United FC), Livingstone Mbabazi (Onduparaka FC), Kefa Kisala (Wakiso Giants FC), Muhammad Kisseka (Bright Stars FC) and George Best Nsimbe (Kyetume FC). Bbosa and Mbabazi resigned from their roles, Kisala and Nsimbe were axed while Kisseka was demoted to the youth team.Proline have also had to change their coach twice with Shafiq Bisaso leaving for studies in Sweden while his replacement Matia Lule is understood to have also followed the same path. The club is currently under the guidance of Baker Mbowa who was deputized by Mujib Kasule in their final first-round game against KCCA FC. The Clubs later clarified on the matter, stating that Mbowa is currently injured but still in interim charge.The first round has not ended without sad events either as three teams have lost games off the pitch. Police FC and Proline were docked three and six points respectively for failing to honour fixtures against Onduparaka FC and SC Villa respectively while Maroons FC lost a game at home to Vipers for fielding an ineligible player.Never the less, the first round has come to an end and here is our team of the opening half as compiled by Shaban Lubega in a 3:4:1:2 formation.GK: Fabien Mutombora (Vipers SC)A goalkeeper will always be judged on how many goals he lets in and in the entire first round, Mutombora has conceded just 7. Mutombora may not be the classy ball-playing goalie that many would like to see but one who has indeed gotten the job done in the first round.Mutombora has conceded just 7 goals in the first round. CB: Bashir Asiku (Vipers SC)At one point, Asiku’s Vipers career looked to be over as he went AWOL last season but the 21-year old has come back stronger. Alongside Halid Lwaliwa, the two have formed arguably the best pairing in the division currently. For Asiku, he has improved from the error-prone youngster to a rock of sorts and contributed to Vipers’ stability in defence.Asiku has been brilliant in Vipers’ defence.CB: Walter Ochola (BUL FC)Played in all but two of BUL FC’s 15 first-round games, Ochola is the king-pin of the  Jinja-based side’s defence that has conceded just 9 goals so far. He is clearly one of the most underrated defenders currently in the UPL.CB:  Mustafa Kizza (KCCA FC)I am not a big fan of Kizza but I have learnt to appreciate him. One of the most consistent performers in the Kasasiros shirt and was at it again throughout the first round as he put up several outstanding displays, scoring four goals and topping the assist charts. Despite predominantly playing as a left-back, I have decided to use him on the left-side of a back-three, a role he has previously played in at KCCA FC.Kizza has scored four goals in the first round.MF: Ashraf Mandela (URA FC)One whose talent has never been in doubt but had somehow failed to make the next grade. However, Mandela now looks to be on course to doing exactly that and his performances for URA FC have been extremely good also earning him a spot in the National team set-up.MF: Disan Ggaliwango (Express FC)The Express FC left-back-cum-winger/forward has continued to be a revelation of sorts under George Ssemwogerere. Ggaliwango has led by example at the Red Eagles since the season started and his tally of five goals is just part of how good he has been.Ggaliwango has scored five goals so far.MF: Ambrose Kirya (SC Villa)SC Villa have turned the tables after a close to disastrous 2018/19 campaign. Despite a troubled off-season too, they have surprisingly started stronger with some of the old guns performing beyond expectation. One of them has been Kirya who has gone on to score five goals this season and put out several man of the match performances.Kirya has improved immensely from last season.MF: Ben Ocen (Police FC)Just like Juma Balinya last season, Ben Ocen has taken the initiative at Police FC. The attacking midfielder has benefited from Abdallah Mubiru’s style of play and kept on popping up with the goods in the final third, scoring a total of 9 goals so far.Ocen has scored 9 goals so far.FW: Viane Sekajugo (Wakiso Giants FC).The fast and tricky forward looks set to continue his development and at Wakiso Giants, he has found a new home, settling in surprisingly fast. Seven goals so far but that is not all, Sekajugo has been a nightmare for several defenders and should have had at least one more to his tally, only for his would-be leveller against leaders Vipers to controversially be ruled out.Sekajugo has been a constant threat throughout the first round.FW: Steven Mukwala (Maroons FC)On loan from Vipers SC, Mukwala has hit the ground running at Maroons FC. The striker has finished the first-round as top scorer with 10 goals.Mukwala is the leading scorer in the league.FW: Fahad Bayo (Vipers SC)What a season Bayo is having! Scored 9 goals for Vipers already and as a consequence, broken into the National team. Tipped by many to be this season’s top scorer and he should have had one hand on the accolade already only for his lack of ruthlessness in front of goal on several occasions.Bayo has scored 9 first round goals.Coach: Edward Golola (Vipers SC)Golola has overseen Vipers SC magnificent start to the season as his side hold a decent 4-point lead at the top of the table. Currently in his first full season as the head coach of Vipers following a return to the Kitende based side last season, Golola may be on course to winning the league crown.Golola has seen his Vipers side finish the first round four points clear at the top.Honourable MentionsYusuf Wasswa (Onduparaka FC), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers SC), Derrick Ndahiro (SC Villa), Siraj Ssentamu (Vipers SC), Denis Okot (BUL FC), Robert Mukongotya (BUL FC), Bright Anukani (Proline FC), Allan Okello (KCCA FC), Julius Malingumu (Onduparaka FC), Boban Zirintusa (Onduparaka FC), Charles Musiige (Tooro United).Comments Tags: Ambrose KiryaAshraf MandelaBashir AsikuBen Ocenbright stars fcBul FCedward gololaExpress FCFabien MutomboraFahad BayoKCCA FCKyetume FCMaroons FCMustafa Kizzaonduparaka fcproline fcSC Villasteven mukwalaTooro unitedUganda Premier LeagueURA FCViane Sekajugovipers scWakiso GiantsWalter Ocholalast_img read more

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