Gulu University COVID Herbal Medicine Wins EAC Exhibition

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The University of Gulu’s COVID-19 natural herbal treatment, Covilyce, emerged as Uganda’s best exhibition and won the second prize for best product at the 21st Community Micro and Small Business Fair. East Africa held in Mwanza, Tanzania.

The event attracted over 1,500 product exhibitors from Kenya, Burundi, South Sudan, Rwanda and Uganda engaged in herbal products, carpentry, leather, food processing and Culture.

Geoffrey Kiiro from Kenya emerged the best of the East African Community with his creative craft and wood design and the third in the region was Kavimo Limited which deals with textiles and fabrics from Tanzania.

Jury president Ruth Simba said the 12 judges, including 2 from each member state, recommended Covilyce’s creativity and innovations to tackle COVID-19, which has hurt businesses around the world.

Ministry of Commerce Senior Small and Medium Business Officer Godfrey Tukamubona, who coordinated the Ugandan team, said the country’s 134 exhibitors performed well, paving the way for the event to be held here (in Uganda ) next year.

“As Uganda we are looking forward to hosting the 22nd EAC Expo and this result is inspiring and we expect over 500 Ugandans to participate next year,” Tukamubona said.

This year’s exhibition under the theme “Promoting Quality and Innovation to Improve EAC MSME Competitiveness and Post-Covid-19 Recovery” saw National Arts and Cultures come in second while Atiak Sugar Out Growers Cooperative Society Limited from Amuru District came third among 134 Ugandan exhibitors.

The last EAC exhibition was in 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda, before COVID19 hampered the exhibition in 2020 and Uganda is the official host of next year’s exhibition involving all Member States of Kenya, South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda and Tanzania.

Prof. Openjuru George Ladaah, vice-chancellor of Gulu University, said the award would challenge the University to do more to address community issues, as the university sees community transformation as a philosophical approach.


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