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Museveni launches trial of Uganda's Covid-19 treatment drug

Museveni launched the Covid-19 treatment drug at Mulago

Museveni launched the Covid-19 treatment drug at Mulago

President Yoweri Museveni has chastised Africans for always living under what he called a 'slave mentality' and a dependency syndrome of always waiting to be saved by Europeans whenever they are faced with a challenge instead of finding the solution themselves. 

While launching the clinical trial of the homegrown Covid-19 treatment drug, UBV-01N, a product of the Natural Chemotherapeutics Research Institute believed to have antiviral, anti-inflammatory and immunological properties and abilities, Museveni said at times he gets infuriated by the lack of self-belief of Africans. 

"We shall not accept dependency. You must build an independent Uganda. We are working on the vaccine and treatment by ourselves,” Museveni said at Mulago national referral hospital.

"I don’t know what is the problem with Africans; how they can sit here like maggots - and they are dying and they are waiting for Europeans to save them. If the Europeans don’t get the vaccine, we shall die and get finished. If they don’t get a solution we shall die. That one I cannot accept. I really fell infuriated when I see Africans sitting here waiting to die if the Europeans don’t find a solution…When you’re supposed to do the work you say so and so should do the work. This one I cannot accept" added Museveni. 

The UBV-01N drug will be administered to 128 male and female patients who present Covid-19 symptoms at Mulago hospital. Other institutions involved in this research are Makerere University School of Public Health, Makerere University Lung Institute, and Mulago hospital. The research and trials are funded by the government through the Presidential Science Initiative on Epidemics (PRESIDE) and the ministry of Science and Technology.

Dr Monica Musenero, the presidential advisor on epidemics said that the National Drug Authority (NDA), an entity established to ensure the availability of essential, efficacious and cost-effective drugs to Ugandans is largely equipped to monitor imported medicines and not local drugs.  

The UBV-01N drug, the country’s first herbal remedy to go through the trial process is completely natural, made from raw materials sourced from Kabarole and Ngora areas. Dr Grace Nambatya, the director of the Natural Chemotherapeutics Research Institute also the principal investigator, said that they were challenged by a lack of standards and the fact that many scientists were just learning issues to do with product formulation.

But despite the challenges, Dr Nambatya said that the product has now met all the requirements of the regulatory bodies and they are ready to administer it to their 128 patients.

Dr Bruce Kirenga, the director Makerere University Lung Institute who is the senior clinical trial physician said assessing the efficacy of the UBV–01N drug started with trials on animals. He said they are randomly enrolling patients being treated for Covid-19 at Mulago hospital who will either be given an active drug or a placebo. Later he said, they will start testing the drug on patients being treated at other facilities across the country.

Once given the drug, Kirenga says that the patients of different disease severity will be tested to see if the product is present in their blood. Already, Uganda has concluded two other Covid-19 treatment trials where they were testing the efficacy of antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine and another.
Here, they were testing to see whether blood plasma of recovered Covid-19 patients can be used in the treatment of those that are sick. However, these studies were replicas of what was being studied elsewhere in the treatment of the viral respiratory disease.

Meanwhile, for the new herbal cure, Musenero says it has been used and worked for people in the communities of Tooro where the drug components were picked. Results of the study will be ready in the next six months. Uganda has so far recorded a cumulative total 39,188 confirmed Covid-19 cases of which 318 people have succumbed.    

Health minister, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, said the clinical trial will ensure validation of the drug, enhance its replication and thereafter it will be rolled out for industrial production and public use.

“The product has already gone through quality assurance steps and got all the necessary certificates and approval for use in human beings," Aceng said.

"The product has been approved by the National Drug Authority, Uganda National Bureau of Standards and the National Council of Science and Technology,” Aceng added.

She said the country would be kept posted on the findings and the outcome of the studies. 


+4 #1 Rwatooro 2021-01-28 01:05
They are now targeting foreign donors to screw them. M7 and his so-called African doctors think by coming out and launch the COVID-19 trail medicine, the international donors will come and invest in the research, and by doing so, M7’s mafia doctors will swindle the money and forget about it.

“M7 said he doesn’t know the problem with African’s, how they can sit here like maggots - and are dying and they are waiting for Europeans to save them”.

How about an African President commanding the Army to kill their own citizens? And not stopping from that, stealing the elections pretending he has won?

How can we call such a president? M7 no longer has what to say to the public. Even COVID-19 vaccine or medicine he’s launching, that would be the work of the minister of health to do.
This is where we ask ourselves: what really is wrong with African dictators?
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+1 #2 Akao 2021-01-28 03:32
He is the one who heavily depends on European countries. Where does he think the researchers get thenough grants.

Does he has that in the national/education budget. Where does he get his military equipments used to terrorize Ugandans.

At least peasants are not dependent, they grow their own food and don't depend on Europeans like the dictator and his million employees
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+2 #3 UgandanKing 2021-01-28 05:32
The title is totally misleading , this is a therapeutic not a vaccine !! Please !!!
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+2 #4 John Wambwa 2021-01-28 11:20
The last person to talk about Africans not believing in themselves is Museveni. Whenever he has an ailment he flies out to Europe for treatment.

Not very long ago he flew the daughter to give birth in Germany in a Presidential jet all expenses paid by the tax payer
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+2 #5 kabinda 2021-01-28 13:46
You cannot accept it? And what are you doing about it yourself in Statehouse fed with tax payer funds? All you do is gloat.

You have failed the country. Anything anyone tries their hand on and does well ,you are first to rush for photo ops and make a lot of meaningless pan African noises.

Soyinka says, "tell your man not to talk too much about what he doesn't know.". Now is not the time to insult Ugandans whom you cannot even provide basic health care guarantees. Is that drug guaranteed to work? And you are already taking victory laps?
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+2 #6 Lydia 2021-01-28 21:56
You need to get it first since it works
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+1 #7 Lysol 2021-01-29 05:49
The old desperate clown, is always seeking attention, by insulting Africans as primitive.

There are many bogus claims out there to cure COVID-19, by many quack scientists. There are those who even claim that drinking breast milk or eating parasites can cure COVID-19. There are now many strains of the virus.

It's only through reliable vaccines which the virus can be contained.
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