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Headteachers want Covidex for all students as Ogwang looks at expansion

Several headteachers want Covidex, a local Covid 19 treatment regimen to be made one of the mandatory items students should report with back to school.

Heads of secondary schools want Covidex, a recently approved Covid-19 treatment regimen to be made a mandatory item students acquire when schools reopen next month.

Associate Prof. Patrick Ogwang the man behind Covidex intimates that this, for now, is possible if schools are opening in phases.

“We have enough material in this country to make that medicine in any amounts we need in this country, we have also increased the production line. The president gave us support and we are increasing production capacity.”

Prof. Patrick Ogwang the maker of COVIDEX however notes that while the demand for the drug has greatly gone down due to the limited cases of COVID – 19, shortages of packaging materials could hamper its distribution to school going students when schools eventually reopen.

“Unfortunately, the local companies can’t produce enough of the materials and as such, we have to import. Right now, we are pushing ourselves to be able to produce 1 million bottles.”

He says from previous sales, he has been able to set up another factory in Luzira and plans are underway to start construction of another factory in Soroti. In the meantime, he pledges to consider the international market with Germany, Kenya, and Rwanda on top of the list

“We were given land in Soroti to build even a bigger factory, so we think that by October, November, we shall have started construction. Right now what we have in Luzira is enough for the country

The ministry of health Senior Public relations officer Emmanuel Ainebyoona says if this is adopted it will go hand in hand with the ongoing vaccination exercise targeting 550,000 teachers, and over 21 Million Ugandans above 18 years

The Johnson and Johnson vaccine, 9 million will also start arriving next month which will help us vaccinate all persons above 18-years of age and also subsequently in October, we expect to receive another consignment of the 18 million doses of Synorpham.”

This comes at a time when the country is joining the rest of the world to mark African Traditional Medicine Day. In recent times, the phrase traditional medicine has become a catchword among people in all countries in Africa. Worrying however is that while the remedies have received positive feedback failure to incorporate them in the education system could delay their adoption as worthy treatment options.

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