Herbal medicines for Covid-19 not yet approved by WHO – Musenero clarifies

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The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation in the Office of the President (STI-OP), Dr. Monica Musenero, spoke about the visit of the World Health Organization (WHO) team to the country, saying she is here to provide technical support and expert advice. to the government.

Contrary to what some media have insinuated, Musenero said, the WHO delegation did not, as part of its visit, approve or endorse any Ugandan herbal medicine as a treatment for COVID-19, a process that is subject to established processes and protocols that have not yet taken place.

“For further clarification, the Government of Uganda is hosting a delegation from the World Health Organization (WHO), in particular the Regional Expert Advisory Committee on Traditional Medicine for COVID-19 Response (REACT). The team is in-country to provide technical support and expert advice to the government, especially Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I-OP), Ministry of Health, National Drug Authority, academic institutes and other stakeholders as Uganda develops its therapeutics industry,” the minister said in a statement released on Thursday afternoon.

She noted that since their arrival in the country, the delegation had the opportunity to meet various actors, including herbalists, scientists and researchers, and that they assess the capacities and capacities of the various actors and entities in terms of research and production of natural therapies.

Dr Musenero with the WHO/REACT team at Mbara University of Science and Technology on March 2, 2022.

The delegation has since visited the DEI Biopharma factory where they were shown an example of the emerging pharmaceutical manufacturing capability.

“WHO/REACT has not endorsed or endorsed any medicine for COVID-19 in the country. This is a purely factual mission,” she added.

The minister noted, however, that the government remains committed to the development of traditional medicine through established frameworks and protocols, and will continue to engage relevant partners and build local capacity in pursuit of this aspiration.

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