Pharmacy board to conduct anti malaria surveillance
18 August 2014, 21:03
Mombasa - The pharmacy and poisonous board has announced
that it will conduct a post market surveillance for all anti malaria products
in the coast region.
Speaking in his office the Director of Pharmacy and Poisons
Board coast region Doctor Karrim Wanga said the surveillance is aimed at
cleaning out any low quality anti malarial drugs and establish if those
available in the market comply with the international standards.
“The coastal strip is classified as an epidemic region we
have a team that will get sample of the anti malaria that are representative of
the market and will examine all the drugs to taste and monitor the quality of
this products” said Wanga
Wanga said the exercise will begin on August 25 2014
targeting all public facilities, private markets, all informal shops and faith
based organization at the coast general hospital and Msambweni in Kwale County.
He said the board is targeting the anti malarial because are
essentials drugs and they working towards ensuring that the malaria bacteria
does not develop resistance against the molecule that is currently use to treat
We are currently using AL molecule to treat malaria and if
the bacteria develops resistance against this molecule we do not have any other
molecule yet added Doctor Wanga.
He revealed that the board has stepped up its effort to
contain and examine the quality of drugs being imported in the country
especially in boarder towns.
“About 70%- 80% of the drugs consumed in the country are
imported that’s why we are stepping up our surveillance in all ports of entry
into the country especially here at the coast to ensure that we have quality
drugs being imported” said Wanga.
The board has also said the compliance level with the board
regulation among chemist and drug shops has stepped up as compared to the last
two years revealing the in Kwale and Kilifi county compliancy is at 95%.
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