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The Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone as the regulatory authority charged with the responsibility of overseeing the activities of all pharmaceutical outlets in Sierra Leone has closed six premises that have been administering treatment to sick patients in Kenema. Mum and Dad Enterprise, Family Enterprise, Uncle Toms Enterprise, Gbaelu Enterprise, Doni Doni Drug Store and Family Drug Store are the six pharmaceutical outlets found wanting in violating the regulations governing their operations by administering treatments to sick patients.  

The said premises were found wanting for administering treatment to sick patients during this very delicate period in our country’s history. Since the outbreak of the Ebola disease in Sierra Leone, the Board as a Regulatory Authority had made its position very clear that no pharmaceutical premises is to treat any sick patients reiterating its earlier stance that pharmacies and other drug outlets are not meant to be treatment centers. 

The Pharmacy Board had strongly warned all pharmaceutical outlets to desist from using their premises as treatment centers which they do not hold license for and that such acts has the potential to increase the spread of the infectious Ebola virus disease which is currently affecting the country. Therefore, the Board during this state of emergency is encouraging all pharmaceutical professionals and premises to desist from treating patients in their premises and to uphold the rules and regulations governing their practice and operations in Sierra Leone.       

The Board has reaffirmed that it will not hesitate to take the appropriate action against any pharmacy professional or premises that defaults or is found wanting in treating patients in their premises especially during this period of Ebola outbreak as this will put our public health in jeopardy.

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