As the Covid -19 death toll rises Ugandans have made a mad-rush for Prof. Ogwang Engeu Patrict’s Covidex herbal medicine which he says is effective in reversing the effects of Covid-19 virus  in the human body.

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 and by Sunday evening it  had run out.  
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    However, officials from the regulatory -the National Drug Authority (NDA) said that

Prof. Ogwang ‘s covidex is  not yet officially certified  for treatment of Covid-19.” People are using it because of the benefits in Covid-19 and on personal decision. We are still running tests and working out an official plan with Ministry of Health to roll out clinical trials. Infact it’s distribution is likely to be halted because of the issues surrounding it,” an official from NDA who declined to be named told this publication.

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