My herbalist dies as Ugandans celebrate Ruto, Covidex drug

Yoweri Museveni and William Ruto

President Yoweri Museveni and Deputy President William Ruto at the laying of a foundation stone for the construction of a vaccine manufacturing facility at Matuga in Wakiso district, Uganda. 

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What you need to know:

  • Covidex was developed by a team of researchers at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST).
  • Prof Patrick Ogwang, a seasoned pharmacist and indefatigable researcher with a Makerere PhD specialisation in herbal preventive and curative measures, led the Mbarara team.

Hajjat Aisha Nakasujja, one of the country’s best-known herbalists, succumbed to Covid-19 on Friday last week, June 2, just as Ugandans were celebrating a major “breakthrough” in the fight against the pandemic.


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