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download 19Hope  for  the  production  and  acceptance  of  the  Nigerian antiretroviral drug  for  the   cure of  HIV/ AIDS  developed by Prof. Maduike Ezeibe, a renowned researcher at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike in Abia State, has received a boost with the  granting of application  for  patent right to  produce  the  drug  for  consumption by  President  Muhammadu  Buhari.

This   is in  addition  to  financial  assistance given  to   the researcher  by    Abia State government and  the  management of  Michael Okpara University  of  Agriculture   Umudike to  carry  out  more  trials on  the  efficacy of  the  drug both  within  and  outside  the  country.

Professor Ezeibe’s   claims recently to have found a cure for the dreaded scourge, using Aluminium Magnasium Silicate (AMS) and simple sugar to attack the virus in any part of the body, including the “sanctuary cells” had  raised  some criticisms and skepticisms  from   many  circles  despite  his claims  of  cure   for  over 10  patients  and    research  findings published  in  international   journals.

Speaking on AMS at a lecture, organised by the Students’ Union Government (SUG) of the MOUA to mark the World AIDS Day Celebration on Friday, he advised persons living with the scourge not to despair.

He said that a permanent cure was imminent, pointing out that researchers all over the world were making concerted efforts to develop a cure for one of the greatest threats to human existence globally.

He said all over the world, researchers are making efforts to invent a drug that will permanently cure HIV/AIDS and expressed  optimism that a  global success was  imminent as  according  to him, “ with the Nigerian anti-retroviral drug from my research finding, the world now know that to permanently cure  the scourge, you need nanotechnology.”

“You cannot cure the disease with ordinary anti-retroviral drugs because their molecules are big and cannot reach the sanctuary cells,” he said.

The  Prof  of  Veterinary Medicine  said  that the only medicine that could cure the virus should have small molecules, which could penetrate every part of the body, where ordinary drugs cannot reach.

According to Ezeibe, “Silicates have molecules that are 0.96 nanometer in size, while HIV has molecules as big as 110 nanometer, hence silicates can reach even the sanctuary cells.”

He further said that “the particles of AMS are positively and negatively charged, while HIV-infested cells are positively charged.”

He said that “one can use simple sugar (glucose) to transport charged molecules across the mucus membrane to the blood, up to the sanctuary cells.”

Ezeibe  who said he had carried out a successful animal trial with the AMS and was currently doing clinical trial added that the drug did not have adverse side effects because “it works by physical effects on the virus.”

He said that with the financial assistance from the Abia State government and the university authorities, he had handled several cases, from within and outside Nigeria, free of charge.

He said that President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved his application for the patency to produce the drug for consumption.

He said that he was looking for funds for the mass production and commercialization of the drug.

Ezeibe said that the drug had successfully passed through peer review by 21 researchers and laboratory tests but   because he lacked the legal backing to directly administer the drugs, he was working in collaboration with the University’s Medical Centre.

He said, “It is within the domain of a veterinarian to develop drugs which would be tried on animals before they are used on human beings by physicians.”

In his opening remarks, the President of the SUG, Mr Precious Ononiwu,  said that the lecture was organised to “educate and enlighten the students on the new drug.”

Ononiwu commended Ezeibe for the invention, saying that it had further boosted the image of the university above other universities in Nigeria and beyond.

“Any time I attend meetings of SUG presidents in the South East, I now brag that the professor that invented the cure for HIV/AIDS comes from my university,” he said.

 

 

Source: Leadership

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