The National Drug Authority (NDA) has finally approved Prof. Patrick Ogwang’s ‘magic’ Covidex Herbal Medicine which many Ugandans say is effective in reducing the effects of Covid-19 in the human body.
But NDA said in a two page statement that COVIDEX should be applied as a “supporting treatment” for viral infections, including Covid-19.
The NDA Executive Director, Mr David Nahamya told the media in Kampala that after various assessment and inspection of the factory manufacturing the herbal medicine, they have approved its use to treat the viral infections.
“NDA has granted COVIDEX an approval based on initial assessment, published literature and safety studies conducted by the innovator. The product has been formulated from herbal plants that have been traditionally used to alleviate symptoms of several diseases,” Mr Nahamya stated .
He however emphasized that the medicine does not cure Covid-19 but it can supplement the medicine being used by medical workers to treat Covid-19 patients.
As Uganda continues to battle the rampaging Covid-19 pandemic that has left close to 1,000 Ugandans dead , the Pharmaceutical Society of Uganda said that Prof. Ogwang Engeu Patrict’s Covidex herbal medicine was safe for use in people suffering from the virus .
Prof Ogwang says that his ‘magic’ herbal medicine is effective in reversing the effects of Covid-19 virus in the human body and had now formally applied for its emergency use.
Dr. Grace Nambatya , the Director of research at the National Chemotherapeutical Research Laboratory told the media that they have finished the required protocols to have authentication processes because Prof Ogwang the innovator of the formulation had already applied for emergency use of Covidex in humans. .
With the developed world locking out the rest of the poor nations from accessing their vaccines and medicines for Covid-19 , President Museveni has come out to say that Uganda and Africa shall developed their own vaccines and medicines to treat people against the deadly virus .
Prof. Ogwang Engeu Patrick is a professor of pharmacy at Mbarara University of Science and Technology Uganda. He trained as a pharmacist and a pharmacologist with PhD. He says that his research focus is on testing, developing and producing medicines from plants based on traditional medicine knowledge and scientific laboratory evidence.
“ I have developed a number of effective medicines including Artavol and Artavoplus for malaria prevention and immune system strength, Jenacof for coughs and flue, Jenacid and Jenapep for peptic ulcers, Jena Dm for diabetes, Jena HT for high blood pressure, Jena Sm for sickle cell disease among others all made from medicinal plants,” Prof Ogwang says. He explained that last year when Covid reached Uganda he decided to redesign and repurpose one of his herbal products which initially was for toothache and mouth hygiene for use in Covid 19 because of the strong antiviral effects of the medicinal plants extracts in it.
“ Last year around December two of my colleagues in the university got severe Covid with one admitted in hospital and put on oxygen. I gave them the formula which I call covidex and in three days of use they greatly improved and became negative. “This year petronella called me about a colleague who was on oxygen due to covid and she requested for my help. I gave her six bottles which the patient took and again in three days improved and was put off oxygen -later tested negative and was discharged.’ Prof Ogwang added.
Prof . Ogwang says last month he decided to study the product more and found a compound that is scientifically proven as able to kill corona virus in laboratory test tubes. “ With increasing cases of covid.
I started getting many people calling for a solution from me. I then began large scale production and many Ugandans are benefitting now. I will share messages from clients. So even though we are still carrying out more tests -we now know that covidex has a natural compound that stops corona virus from multiplying,” the Ugandan Prof asserted .
Prof. Ogwang’s statements about his “magic cure” for Covid-19 has since gone viral and Ugandans rushed to pharmacies to buy the herbal.