New Vision (Kampala) - January 27, 2012
President Paul Kagame has pledged that his Rwandan Government
will soon start buying some of its antiretroviral and
anti-malarial drugs from Quality Chemicals in Uganda.
President Kagame made the pledge on his visit to Quality
Chemicals factory in Kampala city's suburb, Luzira, yesterday
Quality Chemical's chief executive officer, Emmanuel Katongole,
in his brief to the press after the inspection of the factory on
Friday, said President Kagame's pledge will start with purchases
for the public sector.
"We will also be selling to the private sector, on top of the
public sector," Katongole added. Katongole promised President
Kagame drugs which meet the international standards.
"We shall offer you first-world quality of drugs, at third-world
prices. Our prices are not the lowest, but are comparable to
those recommended by World Health Organisation." Quality
Chemicals has already registered its products in Rwanda, and have
a pre-qualification by WHO.
President Kagame also promised to work with Uganda, to locally
process anti-malarial drugs' raw materials - 'Artemisia annua.'
Artemisia annua is the source of artemisinin, an antimalarial
compound recommended by the World Health Organisation. Widely
cultivated in China and Asia, Artemisia is a new crop for Africa
and is largely limited to Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
Today, the harvested plants in Uganda are exported for processing
in India, after which Quality Chemicals, like other
pharmaceutical companies, buys it as a raw material to produce
"With Rwanda opening up its market for our products, it will
greatly resonate Quality Chemicals in the rest of Africa and spur
more investments in the rest of Africa," Katongole said.
Katongole added that Quality Chemicals is also considering
investing in Rwanda.
Quality Chemical Industries is a state-of-the-art pharmaceutical
manufacturing plant located in Kampala, Uganda.
It exists as an additional contract manufacturing site for CIPLA
Ltd, which manufactures and sells combination therapy
antiretroviral and antimalarial drugs that have proven to be most
effective in combating HIV/AIDS and Malaria.