Ebola: Why U.S. won’t give Nigeria experimental drug, Zmapp — U.S. Ambassador

The Minister of Health Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu in an audience with the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle during a visit in the minister's office in Abuja

The American Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, on Monday said his country was not yet in a position to make the Ebola Disease experimental drug, Zmapp, available to Nigeria.

Mr. Entwistle said during a visit to the Nigerian Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, that the drug was not yet available in sufficient quantity to go round all the countries requesting it.

The ambassador did not say when the drug would be available for Africa’s most populous country.

He only advised the Nigerian health ministry to focus on isolation, screening and prevention.

Mr. Entwistle commended the efforts of the Federal Government in curbing the spread of the Ebola virus in the country.

He said the aim of the visit was to discuss further on the anti-Ebola cooperation between the U.S government and the Nigerian government.

The ambassador also praised the work done at the emergency operation centre and the isolation centre, saying he understood that they were working hard.

“You have all seen the headlines over the weekend, this is an issue that we have to keep working hard on, it may be with us for a while but there are some encouraging signs.

“Your government is doing a good job on contact tracing; I noticed when I flew back here on Thursday night into the country, before I left the plane I filed in the questionnaire.

“I was very impressed because I had to put in my seat number which is a very good idea, so that if you have to trace the guy who was seating next to me you will know where I am.

“I have been very impressed by this thing so I encourage the government of Nigeria to keep at it, which I know they will,” he said.

Mr.Entwistle said the two countries had a broad partnership to keep collaborating, cooperating and working hard to make the world a better place.

He said he could not think of a more important example of cooperation than the Ebola cooperation.

Speaking during the visit, the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, said the Nigerian Government was withholding its approval for the Anti-Ebola drug Nano-Silver produced by a Nigerian because it did not meet the requirements of the National Health Research Ethics Code. He said that the Nano Silver drug, which was made available to the

Emergency Operations Centre in Lagos on August 14, did not meet basic research requirements.

“The experimental drug, Nano Silver did not meet the requirements of the National Health Research Ethics Code.

“Accordingly, the approval was withheld by the National Health Research Ethics Committee,” Mr. Chukwu said.

He said the ambassador’s visit was an opportunity to share ideas and information on Ebola virus.

“He is the spokesperson for the United States’ government here in Nigeria, and so he came to me as the Chief Public Health Officer of the country to exchange views with me,” Mr. Chukwu said.

The minister said Mr. Entwistle also visited to know if there was any new development that recently cropped up on the Ebola virus.



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  • solomon

    LAIR, USA hates Nigerians so much that they wouldn’t give us prevention drug useless people sowing evil seeds wherever they go.

    • Depth

      obviously you’re deluded. am dead sure you’ve played US visa lottery thousand times. just because you can type basic English don’t make you offer baseless argument. I’ll advise you to read the aticle again and again and again to understand whats been said

      • Henry

        The Nigerian health Ministry is doing very good, and should continue using whatever combination of Ebola treatment protocol that has so far achieved this excellent result.

        The issue of Ebola has gone to show that as a Nation, we must start looking inwards to solve our problems and discontinue hoping on other nations.

        We should try and reduce curruption; invest in Human capital and massive infrastructural development.

        For the striking Doctors, I suggest that Government reinstates their employment, while the Doctors should
        endeavor to call off the strike to help contain the Ebola Viral Disease, simultaneously negotiation should continue to arrive at agreeable benchmark towards improving their welfare.

        • Tinuola

          The doctors must not be reinstated, they are of no use and of no value. Let them continue their strike for ever. They have been shamed

      • solomon

        You are the one looking for America visa not me because I have been there over ten times.

        You are oyibo worshiper not me.

        Real people knew what America stand for; DESTRUCTION.

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  • 1MASK01

    To further discuss anti-ebola cooperation between us and we can’t get the drugs?