The Kalaki District Woman Member of Parliament (MP) in the Teso Sub-Region of Eastern Uganda Hon.Jennifer Ayoo on Saturday 10th July heeded to President Museveni’s call and donated boxes of Covidex herbal medicine to the district to help fight further spread of coronavirus in Uganda.
The legislator handed over 400 bottles of Covidex where she bought 300 and the 100 were donated by Prof Patrick Engeu Ogwang, a lecturer at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) and founder of the drug .Other donations include Personal Protective Equipment(PPEs) including Sanitizers and boxes of face masks .
Addressing the nation last year in April during the first lockdown, President Yoweri Museveni asked Ugandans to come to the help of the government in the fight against the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Ayoo’s Donation was received by Kalaki District COVID-19 Task Force Committee headed by the Resident District Commissioner (RDC Paul Kalikwani.
‘’As leaders, there is a big role we can play in augmenting government efforts in fighting the pandemic that has ravaged the country’’, said Hon.Ayoo.
She pledged that as leaders, they will always strive to support communities at all times, including times like the Covid pandemic.
“This is our commitment to supporting our communities especially at times such as these is critical for all stakeholders as together we have a stake in our country’’, added Ayoo.
The RDC, Kalikwani who was flanked by his deputy applauded the Legislator for her donation and he encouraged other well wishers to also financially support the DTF in order to contain the second wave of the Deadly COVID-19 Pandemic.Kalikwani commended Hon.Ayoo for being the first leader in the District to provide medicine to the residents and in large quantities.
”This donation is timely because it has come at a time when health workers in the area were complaining about inadequate supply of PPEs. Hon.Ayoo has also helped us on sponsoring Radio talk shows we are using to sensitize the public about the SOPs among other government programs ”, said RDC Kalikwani
Covidex was approved by the government of Uganda as a local herbal medicine supporting treatment for viral infections including COVID-19.
The director of National Drug Authority (NDA) in the country said that after various assessments and inspections of the factory manufacturing the product, Covidex, the government approved its use to support treatment of viral infections.
Formulated from herbs traditionally used to alleviate the symptoms of several diseases, the drug was developed by a team of scientists in Mbarara led by pharmacologist Patrick Ogwang, who hails from Kalaki District.
Last month Museveni re-imposed a strict lockdown that included the closure of schools and the suspension of inter-district travel to help beat back a surge in COVID-19 cases in the country.