The National Drug Authority (NDA) has cautioned parents and school heads against providing students with herbal drug, Covidex, citing concerns of drug misuse and consequent side effects.
The warning comes after some education stakeholders fronted the idea of students reporting back to school with vials of the drug for use in case they develop symptoms of Covid-19.
The idea is one of the many being advanced as the country seeks a safe way to reopen learning institution that have been closed for nearly one and a half years.
Mr Hasadu Kirabira, the chairperson of the National Private Education Institutions Association, said the idea was advanced by one of the members during an August 30 meeting between the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders, but was not agreed upon.
Covidex was approved by NDA for use both in children and adults as a supportive treatment of viral infections but some Ugandans have been taking it even without being sick.