The outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wuhan (China) in 2019 and its ultimate worldwide spread has caused hundreds of thousands of deaths so far. As of July 2021, the disease seems to be affecting the entire world and shutting down many economies.
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience respiratory illness but medics argue that a stronger immune system will also protect you from the virus.
Since the start of the pandemic, scientists have moved at record speed to find a way to treat COVID-19 and its symptoms that allegedly weakens someone’s immunity.
Although researchers have yet to develop a cure for the disease, Ugandan scientists now have several therapies they can use to combat symptoms, and the country proudly has Dr. Stephen Lutoti, a Lecturer at Makerere who formulated Elocof Cough Mixture. Elocof was recognized by Health Authorities led by NDA for the treatment of flu, its symptoms, and other respiratory disorders.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health, the common symptoms of COVID-19 include: fever, dry cough, sore throat and loss of taste or smell which have been proven curable by Elocof Herbal Cough Mixture.
It should be noted that upon thorough assessment and evaluation, the National Drug Authority (NDA) , a government-owned organization in Uganda mandated to regulate drugs in the country, including their manufacture, importation, distribution, and licensing authorized the advertisement of Elocof Cough Mixture as thousands of patients across the country testified on its effectiveness.
This was in a letter dated August 27th, 2020 signed by David Nahamya, secretary to the authority.
At present, hundreds of Pharmacies including Royal Pharma, Pharmaville, Med- world, Lwadda, spring, Life-pharma, Kamcare, Escorts, Swastik and Planet among others have partnered with Eloipharm (U) Ltd to distribute Elocof across the country due to the mounting demand.
Dr .Tony Obaala, in an interview with this reporter testified that Elocof syrup deals with all flu-like symptoms and also as a result prevents fevers. He added that Elocof quickly suppresses fever, so if you are taking it, you may not need Panadol because it handles you effectively.
‘’It has the best symptomatic management of cough, flu and sore throat in both adults and children. And for COVID-19, these are the same symptoms. This explains why Ugandans are focking pharmacies for this syurp’’, Dr.Obaale said.
An official from Eloipharm , told our reporter that the Factory price for bulk purchase is 2000 ugx per bottle in a carton of 100 bottles and the wholesale price is between 2500-3000 per bottle depending on the location in the country.
‘’The Retail price is 3500-5000 ugx per bottle but an elocof bottle is sold at 3500 ugx at Eloipharm pharmacy’, revealed an official.
Medical Experts advised that preventive measures like treating flu and cough with such remedies are cheaper than treatment when someone gets infected with the virus.
‘’Hospitals in different parts of the country report difficulties in procuring oxygen supplies, as many run out of space for COVID-19 patients. Intensive care units are in high demand, with some hospital bills shared by the families of patients amounting to as much as $15,000.That’s why we should not allow what we refer as small illnesses like cough , flue that may weaken your body and expose you to the virus ‘’,said one of the Doctors.
He further noted that; “While we’re doing a good job with treating hospitalized patients infected with the virus, we encourage the public to follow SOPs and also treat symptoms like flu and cough since NDA has approved remedies like Elocof’’.