The manufacturer of COVIDEX, a natural herbal, Prof. Patrick Ogwang, says he plans to expand his factory to achieve global sales not only in Uganda but throughout the world.
Prof. Patrick Ogwang, the manufacturer of Covidex, a natural herbal for supportive treatment of Covid-19 has said he looks to grow his factory even bigger in a bid to extend sales not only in Uganda but the world over.
The National Drug Authority (NDA) last month gave a go-ahead to the production of more Covidex drugs to boost the treatment of the coronavirus.
Speaking to journalists on Wednesday after receiving government aid worth an investment licence and five acres of land in Soroti Industrial Park for the establishment of the Covidex factory, Prof. Ogwang said he is looking to extend his brand to the international scene.
He revealed that the acquisition of this land will help him together with his company, Jena Herbals Limited set up even a bigger factory to house their products and also boost sales and production.
“With this land now, we shall move away move away from that small laboratory where we are currently manufacturing the Covidex drug from to bigger premises,” Ogwang revealed.
“As the president said, when a disease comes like Ebola or Covid came, it is an opportunity. Whenever you see a problem, think about a solution you can provide to solve it. Let us use this opportunity of Covid to develop something to sell to the world. I am sure Coidex is going to Europe and America.”
He said in the past 17 years, he has invested a lot in the area of research in herbal medicine. Ogwang noted that although many people are only conversant about Covidex he has developed many concoctions which will soon be brought to the limelight.
“In the last 17 years, I have put a lot of investment in using my brain. All the salaries I got were invested in research as it would benefit a lot. I have developed almost 15 formulas in last 17 years,” Prof. Ogwang said adding that he is also looking to change the country’s perception towards herbal medicines.
He noted with concern that Uganda as a country imports medicines worth shs4 trillion but raised that this money can be resorted to doing other things in case it starts producing herbal medicines.
Ogwang revealed that as part of Jena’s plan, they are determined to even scale up the production of more different drugs locally.
“When I went to China sometime back, I found 95% of medicines in their pharmacies are herbal. That is what we want to see here. We want to reverse it that when you walk into a pharmacy, you find Ugandan herbal medicine,” Ogwang said.
“That is the money we contribute to outsiders. Jena Industries wants to contribute to a reduction on these statistics and grow this economy. There is nothing we luck in this country. No one will develop this county for us but ourselves,” he added.