Indian expert Prof. Dr. V Jay of Ayurveda from Indian Natural herbal
medicine has introduced the natural herbal at Bishop Stuart University
(BSU) in Mbarara.
Ayurveda is a system of medicine with historical roots in the Indian
subcontinent with classical healing systems in the Indian traditional
health care systems.
This was launched on Saturday during the BSU week where students
interested the Indian doctor with medicinal plant exhibitions grown
under the agricultural department.
According to the university vice chancellor, Prof. Mauda Kamatenesi,
the management of Bishop Stuart is going to have a memorandum of
Understanding with the Doctor of Ayurveda on how the Indian Natural
herbal medicinal system can penetrate in the entire country’s medical
Being an expert in medicinal plants while she was at Makerere,
Kamatenesi confirmed that the University has got all the resources in
place to enhance the starting of the course about Herbal Medicine.
“We are going to pattern with them through training they are even going
to bring trees for planting like cactus which are very good for diabetes.
All we want is just to enhance our technology but resources, plants land
we have” Kamatenesi explains
She says the university is going to pattern with Ayurvedic experts in
India, Makerere University, and team from Norway, Malawi University
of Science and Technology to come up with modern professional herbal
medicine training at the western based campus.
Kamatenesi assured the public with natural herbal treatment rather than
going for tablets and drugs.
“There is nothing going to be called like witchcraft in this because all
the traditional medicine under the ministry of health is going to develop
their own medicine, test with NDA and make their formulations and
standardized”. Kamatenesi charges
She says they will pattern with the local community in out grower skills
to enable farmers to plant medicinal seedlings to support the medicinal
project at BSU.
“After signing the memorandum with ayurvedic experts we are going to
give seeds and seedlings to our farmers. Like if we talk of lemon we
already have a mother garden with us we are going to pattern with
farmers and collaborators particularly to teach the science but also to
produce” Kamatenesi says
Bishop Sheldon Mwesigwa, who happens to be the chancellor at Bishop
Stuart University, encouraged Ugandans to adopt the natural herbal
mode of treatment rather than using the Western Medicines which are
expensive to buy and have toxins that have side effects.
He added that there is a close working relationship with the national
drugs authority to make sure they do the Ayurvedic medicine within the
University in a legal form.
“Am glad that we are working very closely with the National Drugs
Authority because they are aware of this guest speaker Dr. V Jay of
Ayurveda, and they are the ones who even gave us a letter of exemption
with him to bring the medicines he came with because we are hoping
that in future may be we shall have the collaboration and some of these
herbal medicines will be produced even in Uganda” said Mwesigwa.
He added that at BSU some small factories making oils are already in
existence alleging that an industry for making herbal medicines in
Uganda could be constructed within the university.
Bishop confirmed that the memorandum of understanding will be
between BSU and Prof. V Jay and his University where he comes from.
“They want us to corporate in an exchange of knowledge and on top of
that there is a team from here (BSU) that is going to visit India to see
how they can bring much knowledge about the making of Ayurvedic
He assures the public that with skills exhibited at Bishop Stuart
University, its students when moving out will be job creators and not job
“The university is not only chalk and talk it is about research,
publication, innovation. So we are glad that different departments are
ready to showcase what they have learnt in class and how it can apply.
This shows you that this university takes seriously the issue of hand
zone or skills oriented learning that students are going out with”
He says many Ugandans have been recommended to go to India but her
doctors don’t recommend surgeries they opt for alternative modes of
“It’s a very interesting country because most of those who go there they
go for surgery like cancer and kidney but there doctors don’t encourage
surgery they believe in alternative methods of how to address the
medical problems” says the Bishop
He says Uganda is burdened by diseases at a high cost instead of using
cheap natural medicine.
“We have a problem in Uganda the disease burden is so high the cost
also high and yet most of our people cannot afford. I got a chance to take
some tests in the ayurvedic clinic but the money I paid was much less
than the money I would pay here if I go for medical checkup” Dr.
He says that even ayurvedic doctors are highly respected in India not
like in Uganda where doctors only believe in western medicine.
“Indian doctors are of very high level of academic it’s not local tradition
the problem we have here is that all the doctors we have in Uganda are
trained in the western style that believe in medicine” says Sheldon
DR. V Jay explains that ayurvedic medicine is a terminology in Indian
community which means the science of life that is all about the
understanding mainly of how body works and how it can treat it.