India to Support Uganda to Locally Manufacture Hydroxychloroquine, Protective Gear

Hydroxychloroquine is undergoing tests to see if it can treat the Covid-19. (Photo: John Phillips/Getty Images)

President Museveni has revealed that Uganda will soon be manufacturing Hydroxychloroquine locally following support from the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.

Museveni revealed Tuesday while updating the country on the measures that have been put in place to enhance the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

The President said that an agreement has been reached between him and Modi where India shall be offering all the necessary support and equipment to Uganda to enable the manufacture of the anti malarial drug.

“The other day, I spoke by phone to the Prime Minister of India Modi, India will supply us with Hydroxychroloquine as well as the raw materials to make it here,” Museveni revealed.

Museveni said the drug helps the Red cells to have the capacity to supply oxygen to the body which helps in the fight against the virus and it also reduces the capacity of the virus to replicate.

The President added that on top of producing hydroxychloroquine, Uganda will as well produce all the other protective equipment like the masks, scrub suits, gaggles, protective glass, gloves, etc will be made here.

“I thank PM Modi for his cooperation, I am determined as always to ensure that Uganda gets out of the imposture of being an importing country for products which we can make here,” Museveni said.

It should be noted that the Director General of Health Services in the Ministry of Health, Henry Mwebesa recently revealed that the recovered patients that were recently discharged were treated using hydroxychloroquine and Erythromycin.

Experts say that once the country begins manufacturing the drugs locally, this will reduce on the costs involved in treating the patients.

On the same note, the President noted that the country’s scientists have already embarked on making less costly test kits that will be used in testing for Corona virus.

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