BY JOHN OGULEI
SERERE: MONDAY, AUGUST 16, 2021
Bishop Patrick Okabe, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Serere County has said that his medical foundation has successfully treated 94 people of Coronavirus by using Covidex, the herbal remedy recently cleared by the National Drug Authority for management of viral infections.
The Bishop Okabe Health Foundation was founded after the resurgence of Covid-19 during the second wave largely blamed on the highly transmissible Delta variant of the mutant virus.
The chairperson of the Foundation, Richard Emanio, revealed that the 94 patients from 27 families were severely ill and had no access to a proper healthcare.
“When the second wave came we contacted Hon. Okabe and he responded quickly by procuring 200 doses of Covidex that we used to treat our people,” said Emanio.
He added that as a team they have continued with the sensitization drive in the county that has helped in seeing the drastic decline of Covid-19 infections in Serere.
On average, Serere District used to get 30 cases daily at the peak of the second wave driven by the delta mutants but today less than 10 people test positive daily according to the statistics from the health department.
MP Okabe disclosed that he has procured additional 100 doses of Covidex which can be used to treat more than 50 people.
He said that the initiative will continue till the pandemic is kicked out of the country.
“My work is not to buy drugs for patients but I cannot see my voters perish yet I can provide. I want to call upon the people to follow the preventive measures to avert the possible outbreak of the third wave,” he advised.
He also vowed to use the new bottom to top approach that he said will help in uplifting the poor people.