Kampala, Uganda – The National Drug Authority (NDA) has approved the use of COVIDEX, a local herbal, as a supporting treatment for viral infections, including Covid-19.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday in Kampala, the NDA executive director, Mr David Nahamya said that after assessment and inspection of the factory manufacturing the herbal medicine, they have approved its use to treat viral infections.
“NDA has granted COVIDEX an approval based on initial assessment, published literature and safety studies conducted by the innovator,” Mr Nahamya said.
He, however said that though the medicine does not cure Covid-19, it can supplement the medicine being used by medics to treat virus related ailments.
The drug, made by Mbarara University scientists led by Prof Patrick Ogwang, had generated debate over its efficacy in treating the dreaded Covid-19.
This then led the NDA to ask the manufacturer of the drug to cease sales effective June 14 citing safety concerns because the medicine had not yet been approved.