Uganda constructing one of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical warehouses

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National Medical Stores on Tuesday hosted the Global Fund’s Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) team at the Kajjansi site for the new warehouse and office complex.
The CCM team led by Dr. Maggie Kigozi were on hand to check the progress, crucially explore the opportunity to provide additional funding

The Global Fund is a major partner and donor to the project. The Fund provided an initial $ 7 million
On hand to host the CCM team was Paul Okware, the NMS Chief Stores and Operations Officer. In his presentation, Mr. Okware gave an overview of the construction to date, and revealed various facts about the upcoming structure.
The 69.5 billion shilling complex shall house one of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical warehouses and cold-storage facilities. It shall have a pallet capacity of over 30000, a quality control lab, offices for more than 200 staff and basement parking for 90 cars.

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Mr. Okware revealed that a lot of its workings will be automated and largely a ‘green’ building.
It is designed to let in as much natural light as possible. Connected to that will be a solar capacity with an electricity load of 300 KVA, promising tremendous savings in energy.
‘So far the progress of the project stands at about 50%, inclusive of design, and we are confident with the quality of work that’s being done by the constructor’, Okware disclosed. Adding that in spite of a few challenges, completion remained on track for 2019.

Okware explained that about 40 billion shillings is still needed for completion of the warehouse. The Government of Uganda (NMS inclusive) is to provide 19.9 billion.
Dr. Kigozi gave the assurance that the Global Fund will avail the additional resources necessary, ugx. 21.56 billion. ‘I must say that we are happy with the progress of this project and we will ensure that it is successfully completed’ she said.

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