Nigeria probes HIV cure claim

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The Federal Government has mandated the National Institute for Medical Research and the College of Medicine, Ibadan to do proper study of claims of HIV cure in Nigeria.

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, disclosed this on Monday in Ilorin at the Federal Government Town Hall meeting for the North Central Zone.

A Nigerian professor, Maduike Ezeibe, recently claimed to have found a cure for the virus.

The minister, who was responding to questions on the position of government on the claims, said getting a cure would be of public health interest to the country.

According to him, Nigeria has about three million people infected with HIV, the second highest number in the world after South Africa.

The minister, however, said there were modalities recognised globally for disclosure of cure which must be followed.

“What we need to do is to make sure that things are done properly.

“The process to undertake is the animal experiment to be sure it is efficacious and safe before moving to human.

“At the appointed time when we have the results, we shall come public,” he said.

Mr. Adewole said the government was close to achieving the promise to make 10,000 Primary Health Care (PHC) service centres available to Nigerians.

He disclosed that the European Union was investing in 650 PHC centres and the British government was funding 950.

The minister said the FCT Administration was working to replicate the Federal Government model of PHC centre in the 225 wards in the territory.

On his part, the Minister of State Mines and Steel, Bawa Bwari, said government had settled legal encumbrances hindering development of the Ajaokuta Steel Company.

Mr. Bwari said that government would soon commence the process of inviting new investors for the start-off of the company to boost industrialisation.



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  • Ebn

    ” A Nigerian professor, Maduike Ezeibe, recently claimed to have found a cure for the virus…”
    PT, please better get your facts right before going to press. Maduike Ezeibe is a Biafran Professor and not a Nigerian professor. There is a difference being one and not the other.

    • Julius

      And if it turns out to be a fraud, will you also claim he is a biafraud professor ?

  • Beneath ever fraud, underneath every scheme is an igbo-biafra creature.

    Lord save Nigeria and Nigerians from “enemies within”

    • Dazmillion

      Why have you proclaimed the professor a fraud because he is IBO? This article is about the government commencing the verification of the man’s claim

    • peter

      That will be a welcome development in Nigeria whether the Prof. Maduike
      Ezeibe is a Nigerian or Biafran. He could be regarded as a gift to
      Nigeria and the world at large, in his medical exploit. Am very sure and
      convinced that before the matter would be brought to the press, a
      thorough research must have been carried out. The problem with Nigerian
      is that we don’t ever regard our own but prefer other. Had it been
      professor, Maduike Ezeibe comes from USA, Germany, Japan, India etc, not
      one will doubt is performance. we should learn to encourage our own.
      Presently, I have solution to our national economic problem, social
      menace, nepotism. I just need a little support from the Government to
      actualise my dream. I am Just making my contribution. Peter K.

      • Putting your hard earn money into MMM would also make you rich.

  • thusspokez

    The Federal Government has mandated the National Institute for Medical Research and the College of Medicine, Ibadan to do proper study of claims of HIV cure in Nigeria.

    I wouldn’t trust my discovery with any Nigerian institution or Nigerian. If this is a true cure, then the professor stands to made millions of dollars, that is, if someone doesn’t sell the blueprint to the pharmaceutical giants first.

    • GusO

      Assuming that he indeed found a cure for HIV/AIDS, he stands to make millions or billions of dollars if he patented the drug or drug combination before he announced his cure. If he released the drug or drug combo before he announced his discovery, his idea will be stolen and he will have no legal enforcement recourse. Take it from someone has has several drug patents, though for my previous companies and not personally my own.

  • Patriotism

    Biafraud are fraudstars, HMOH is right for thorough investigation. Good bless Nigeria

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      This one is a Nigerian o,that is if this turns out to be true. It’s only people like Commander Nnamidiot Cow-nu, Tawanda, Holy Wahala, Edu ati Otile and some other miscreants like that Jackson igbo (ganja in Yoruba) and some of his igbo smoking friends that are biafrauds.

      • Just Me

        It doesn’t matter what you say my dear yoruba person, Biafra belongs to the Easterners and their neighbours, if you don’t like it go and lay foundation for Oduduwa Republic period.

  • PolyGon2013

    He needs to patent the drug first, so .that his ideas would not be stolen.

    • Malik Isah

      o boy, you too smart as you know say dem dey patent wetin dem never verify

      • PolyGon2013

        Well, at least he can allow for verification and more tests for his procedures. He can apply for it for protection. However, the patent grant can be in hold until.verification is complete.

    • Julius

      Yes, hope somebody is advising him on the way forward. Good luck to him.

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