Wed16Sep2020

BoMRA Launch at Bamalete Lutheran Hospital

BAMALETE LUTHERAN HOSPITAL LAUNCH ADR MONITORING CENTER

Wednesday 9th September 2020 marked another milestone for the Botswana Medicines Regulatory Authority (BoMRA) as the third ADR Monitoring Centre was launched at Bamalete Lutheran Hospital in Ramotswa.

In his welcome remarks, Bamalete Lutheran Hospital( BLH) Acting Hospital Superintendent Dr. Mwansa, applauded the BoMRA team for their commitment towards patient safety monitoring and acknowledged that the Authority has been given a great responsibility in ensuring that medical products are of good quality, safe and efficacious. Dr. Mwansa appreciated that Bamalete Lutheran Hospital had been selected to participate as the Hospital knows the importance of Pharmacovigilance. He further called upon the staff members to fully support this needful initiative.

When delivering his keynote address WHO Country office representative Dr. Tebogo Madidimalo, described the launch as well-timed. he further commended the Authority’s efforts towards ensuring the safe use of medicines and implored on the Health Care Professionals to support ADR reporting as this places Botswana health care in a more collaborative disposition with other countries, eventually promoting global health.

BoMRA Chief Regulatory Officer Dr. Sinah Selelo reiterated that the Authority derives its mandate from the Medicines and Related Substances Act MRSA of 2013 and further reminded the attendants that BoMRA commenced its operations in January 2019. According to Dr. Selelo BoMRA is responsible for the registration of medicines, medical devices, and cosmetics, including inspection and licensing of facilities manufacturing and distributing of the mentioned products. The Chief Regulatory Officer continued to inform say that BoMRA also monitors and makes assessments on medical products before and after use. She implored on Health Care Professionals to make Pharmacovigilance part of their practice.

For his part, Dr Parthasarathi Gurumurthy, Director -Pharmacovigilance and Clinical Trials appealed to, Bamalete Lutheran Hospital team to be the ears and eyes of BoMRA to promote patient safety and ADR reporting.

He further said that Patient Safety Monitoring remains a top priority for the Botswana Medicines Regulatory Authority as the team establishes a Pharmacovigilance system in Botswana.