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Ugandan Covid-19 Drug Making Progress – Museveni

Ugandan Covid-19 Drug Making Progress – Museveni

The Ugandan Covid-19 drug has been concocted from various natural products and has been code-named UBV-01N. Most of its ingredients are herbs that are already under usage in different communities of the country.

This drug is able to kill viruses, stop inflammations and modifies the work of the body’s immune system. These are all properties that developers say are very vital in curbing complications and deaths from Covid-19.

The government launched clinical trials for the locally-developed drug back in January.

President Museveni made a speech at the opening of the World Health Summit at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

He said the country is making progress as far as the Covid-19 drug is concerned, adding that it has cured many people.

‘’With the therapeutics, one of our products has been tried among some patients and most of them have fully recovered, while others are still on treatment,’’ Museveni said on Sunday evening.

He added that they hope to reach 124 patients that have recovered fully before they are sure that the medicine treats Covid-19.

He also saluted outsiders who have helped in the development of the drug and also appealed to the scientists in the country to work together.

Museveni’s take on traditional medicine

In other issues, he said research into traditional medicine is very important especially in Africa. This is because many Africans rely fully on local herbs for treatment. Apparently, these drugs work for a big number of diseases.

According to Museveni, the government is still willing to funding research and innovations by scientists especially those in universities.

On the other hand, he challenged Makerere University that receives Shs.30 billion in funding every year.

The funding is under the Makerere University Research and Innovations Fund to not only publish but also translate research into products.

He also mentioned a thing or two about the Ugandan-made Covid-19 vaccine that he said is progressing well. He said he hopes that this vaccine will be ready by November 2021.

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