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“In Uganda, the only competent authority that can give permission for the entry and use of medicines in the country or oversee the testing of any medicine is the National Drug Authority. To our knowledge not any such testing, scrutiny or oversight of the medicine the speaker talked about has been undertaken by the National Drug Authority,” the statement adds.
17 Mar 2020 14:39
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Uganda Medical Association-UMA has expressed concern about the statements by the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga on the purported treatment for Corona virus alias COVID 19. 

On Monday, Kadaga told parliament that a vaccine had been discovered by Prof. Sarfaraz K. Niaz, an inventor and advisor to the US Congress and government. She said production by DEI Group in Luzira, Kampala of the vaccine will commence soon, adding that the vaccine will hit the market in the next week.  

 

However, in a statement issued this morning, jointly signed by Dr. Richard Idro, the President Uganda Medical Association, his General Secretary, Dr. Muhereza Mukuzi and Dr. Misaki Wanyengera, a senior scientist and Senior Lecturer, Makerere University, the medical association notes that the SARS-COV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID19 is a new strain of coronaviruses that was discovered to cause human disease less than 3 months ago and has no known cure.

 

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He said “Instead, it diverts the population from known and effective preventive messages.” Dr. Idro expressed the displeasure of the medical association about quack cadre scientists.  

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He also wondered how USA would give the patent of a potential cure to country without a single case of corona virus, when it has thousands of cases.   

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Dr. Richard Idro listed the stages a drug or vaccine is subjected to before it is approved in the country.  

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Dr. Richard Idro noted the trial lasts a minimum 18 months and that the medicine should also have been manufactured in a factory that fulfills specific criteria called Good Manufacturing Practice.  

“In Uganda, the only competent authority that can give permission for the entry and use of medicines in the country or oversee the testing of any medicine is the National Drug Authority. To our knowledge not any such testing, scrutiny or oversight of the medicine the speaker talked about has been undertaken by the National Drug Authority,” the statement adds.  

The medical association reiterates that there is currently no medicine to cure the corona virus 19 disease. “Also, there is no vaccine but intensive research is being conducted to develop appropriate drugs and vaccines.” 

Uganda Medical Association advises Ugandans to protect themselves by maintaining good personal hygiene by washing hands regularly using water and soap. 

“If you use a hand wash, it should contain at least 60% alcohol,” the statement reads.

It also advises people to avoid touching the face, eyes, nose and mouth, maintain a social distance of 1 metre especially from people with a cold or cough who have fever. 

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