PROFILE: Who is Prof. Patrick Engeu Ogwang, COVIDEX investor

Prof. Patrick Engeu Ogwang (BPharm, Msc, PhD) is a Ugandan Pharmacist who’s invented treatment for COVID-19 (known COVIDEX) holds a PhD in Pharmacy and Pharmacology from Makerere University

Prof. Patrick Ogwang Engeu is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy in the Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine at Mbarara University of Science and Technology. He is also the immediate Past President of the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Uganda.

He is trained as a pharmacist and a pharmacologist with PhD. His research focus is on testing, developing and producing medicines from plants based on traditional medicine knowledge and scientific laboratory evidence. He has developed a number of effective medicines including Artavol and Artavoplus for malaria prevention and immune system strength, Jenacof for coughs and flue, Jenacid and Jenapep for Peptic ulcers, Jena DM for management of Diabetes, Jena HT for as an adjunct therapy for High blood pressure, Jena Sm for the management of sickle cell disease among others all made from medicinal plants.

Dr Ogwang, who is currently the Head of Pharmacy Department, has been actively involved in research, including playing a key role as a member of the PHARMBIOTRAC team that won a grant from the World Bank for a centre of excellence at Mbarara University of Science and Technology under the US$140 million Eastern and Southern Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence Project (ACE II).

In addition, Dr Ogwang has been instrumental in the fight against malaria and other common illnesses through research in herbal medicines that has led to development of several licenced herbal remedies and for which he has won several awards, including “Outstanding Achievement” from the Ministry of Health. He has published on a range of topics in pharmacy, pharmacology, and immunology, among others.

Selected Publications:

Bamuwamye M, Ogwok P, Tumuhairwe V, Eragu R, Nakisozi H, Ogwang PE. 2017. Human health risk assessment of heavy metals in Kampala (Uganda) drinking water. J. Food Res. 6(4):6

Ogwang PE, Nambatya GK, Omujal F, Agwaya M, Nusula N, Kyakulaga H, Ogwal-Okeng J, Ejobi F, Kabasa D, Olila D, Obua C. 2015. Variations in antimalarial and mosquito repellent components of Artemisia annua L. cultivated and used by communities in Uganda. Afr J Health Sci 28(1):95-102

Lutoti S, Anyama NG, Iberet J, Bamuwamye M, Kwiringira W, Aber J, Nambejja C, Agwaya M, Okia C, Nambatya GK, Ogwang PE, Onegi B. 2014. Evaluation of anti-theilerial Activity of a lipophilic root bark extract of Stereospermum kunthianum against Theileria parva. IJETST 1(4):499-508

Akkawi M, Jaber S, Abu-Remeleh Q, Ogwang PE, Lutgen P. 2014. Investigations of Artemisia annua and Artemisia sieberi Water Extracts Inhibitory Effects on β-Hematin Formation. Med Aromat Plants 3(1) doi: 10.4172/2167- 0412.1000150

Kyakulaga AH, Ogwang PE, Obua C, Nakabonge G, Mwavu EN. 2013. Immunomodulatory Effects of Aqueous Extracts of Auricularia sp and Pleurotus sp Mushrooms in CyclophosphamideImmunosuppressed Wistar Rats. BJPR 3(4):662-670

Kyakulaga AH, Ogwang PE, Nannyonga S, Nyafuono J, Tumusiime R. 2012. Antipyretic and analgesics activities of ethanolic extract of Persea americana mill seeds in Wistar albino rats. AJABS 7(1)

Ogwang PE, Ogwal JO, Kasasa S, Olila D, Ejobi F, Kabasa D, Obua C. 2012. Artemisia annua L. Infusion Consumed Once a Week Reduces Risk of Multiple Episodes of Malaria: A Randomised Trial in a Ugandan Community. Trop J Pharm Res 11(3):445-453

Ogwang PE, Nyafuono J, Agwaya M, Omujal F, Tumusiime HR, Kyakulaga AH. 2011. Preclinical efficacy and safety of herbal formulation for management of wounds. Afr Health Sci 11(3):524-529

Ogwang PE, Ogwal JO, Kasasa S, Ejobi F, Kabasa D, Obua C. 2011. Use of Artemisia annua L. Infusion for Malaria Prevention: Mode of Action and Benefits in a Ugandan Community. British J of Pharm Research 1(4):124-

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