Gulu University Covilyce 1, an indigenous herbal medicine used in the treatment of COVID-19, has been voted as the best product exhibited from Uganda and won the second-best product award during the just concluded 21st East African Community Micro and Small Enterprise Trade fair held in Mwanza, Tanzania.
The trade fair held under the theme ‘Promoting Quality and Innovation to Enhance EAC MSMES competitiveness and post Covid 19 Recovery ended on Sunday.
Gulu University followed Geoffrey Kiiro from Kenya who was the best in the East African Community with his crafts and wood creative design while Kavimo Limited that deals in textile and fabrics from Tanzania came third.
Prof. Openjuru George Ladaah, the Gulu University Vice-Chancellor said the award is a challenge to Gulu University to do more in solving community problems since the university is deeply rooted in community transformation as a philosophical approach to societal challenges.
Covilyce 1 herbal medicine was created by scientists at the Faculty of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Studies (Pharm-Biotech), backed by over 200 herbalists from the Acholi sub-region to treat COVID-19.
The drug, they say, can cure COVID-19 patients within 72 hours of administering.
The National Drugs Authority-NDA, approved the use of Covilyce and Covidex, another herbal concoction as part of the supporting treatments for COVID-19.