The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, on Wednesday said it had been established that the experiment carried out by a professor of veterinary medicine and clinical virology was illegal.
He, however, said the FG was still waiting for the full report of the investigation it instituted into the professor’s recent claim that he had discovered a cure for HIV/AIDS.
Prof. Maduike Ezeibe of Veterinary Medicine and Clinical Virology Department, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umuahia, Abia, was reported to have developed a drug that eliminated the deadly virus in some patients.
Ezeibe claimed that the drug, which was produced with “Aluminium Magnesium Silicate”, had the clinical ability to “reach all cells’’ and make HIV “a conquered organism”.
He said the drug was successfully tested on 10 persons living with HIV.
The health minister, however, said, “On the issue of HIV, we have yet to get the final report from the Director-General of the Nigerian Institute for Medical Research but what is clear is that those activities were carried out without a valid ethical approval.
“As you might be aware, nobody is allowed to carry out any experiment or research on human beings without an ethical approval.
“At the National Health Research Committee’s level, there is no evidence that this researcher sought and obtained ethical approval but at the appropriate time we will disclose the full report.”
By: Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja
The Punch News
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