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HIV/AIDS drugs war: Prof Ezeibe begs FG for patency

HIV/AIDS drugs war: Prof Ezeibe begs FG for patency

·      Says Synthetic Aluminum- Magnesium Silicate ( MSAMS) cures HI/AIDS
 
STEVE OKO in Umuahia, brings the dirty backbiting against Professor Maduike Ezeibe of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State from those who should ordinarily be his helper.
Prof Ezeibe recently developed a therapy for the treatment of the dreaded HIV/ AIDS pan­demic. He appealed to the Federal Government to assist him secure International patency for the drug.
Ezeibe, a professor of Veterinary Medicine and Clinical Virology made the appeal during a media chat in his office. He said he had already been given a national pa­tency in 2014 but needed to get the international patency to avoid other countries hijacking his research ef­forts.
He explained that Nigeria would make enormous resources from royalties accruing from the drug as no other known therapy has so far been developed anywhere for the treatment of HIV/ AIDS.
His words: “ The world has ac­cepted my works. Nigeria is wast­ing time for not maximizing the advantages of this invention. This drug apart from having anti- viral capability, it is used in potentiating other drugs, and it can also be used for the treatment of cancer.
“ I have secured national patency but Nigeria government should step in and help me get internation­al patency because it is beyond me. This can give Nigeria billions of dol­lars next to oil. I think our problem is lack of confidence in our own.
“ This invention has already gained international recognition. The white man now believes in the black monkey. Nigeria should learn to celebrate their own .“ Vaccines can’t cure HIV/ AIDS. Synthetic Aluminum - Magnesium Silicate is the answer. Vaccine can only work as long as it is injected into the pa­tient but this drug has the capability of destroying the HIV virus inside the body tissues and organs.”
Ezeibe who said he had also in­vented drug for bird flu in 2008 explained that he started research on the therapy for HIV/ AIDS since 1995 but had a breakthrough in 2011.
Giving further insights on how the therapy known as Synthetic Aluminum- Magnesium Silicate ( MSAMS) was developed, Ezeibe said cure for HIV/ AIDS had hith­erto remained elusive because of the inability of drugs to penetrate the sanctuary organs of the body where the viruses reside due to their small size.
“ HIV viruses are so small ( 110 nm) that they pass physiological barriers and get to tissues/ organs where most medicines cannot reach. So, once the drugs used for treatment cannot get to the tissues in the sanctuary areas cure for HIV/ AIDS remained elusive.
“ Then there was the need to develop a medicine with smaller particles than HIV. So, I went into research and discovered that the Nanoparticles which form mol­ecules of Aluminium - magnesium silicate ( AMS) are only 0.96 nm thick which is 100 times smaller than the 110 nm of HIV.
“ It is also an existing knowledge that AMS Nanoparticles have posi­tive electrical charges on their edges and negative charges on their sur­faces while HIV has net electric positive charges.
“ So, smaller size of the AMS Na­noparticles make them have unfet­tered access all the tissues / organs of the sanctuary areas , mop up the HIV by bonding their surfaces to its positive charges.
“ AMS Nanoparticles also absorb into the negative charges on HIV- infected cells with their edges and destroy them. By this action, hid­den HIV infections are unmasked and destroyed.
“ But since AMS is not well ab­sorbed in the stomach and intes­tines to provide transport for the medicine , dextrose monohydrate was formulated with the medicinal synthetic Aluminium - magnesium silicate to carry molecules by the biological mechanism called active transport across the mucous mem­branes of the gastro- intestinal track into the blood. Blood then carries the Nanoparticles to all organs and tissues”.
Harping on the efficacy of the therapy in combating HIV/ AIDS, the inventor said clinical trials indi­cated that patients who were HIV positive proved negative after tak­ing the drug.
He explained that 10 HIV/ AIDS patients were made to apply for the use of the drug through their doctors to the management of the university , affirming that all 10 patients tested negative after eight, nine and 10 months of treatment with the therapy.
Ezeibe who said over 500 HIV/ AIDS patients including a Jamai­can had so far been treated with the drug , added that the therapy also has anti- cancer properties.
The don said that already his work had gained international rec­ognition and were also published in international journals including : the British Journal of Medicine and Medical research ( BJMMR.18:1-7); World Journal of AIDS ( 5:59-65); and the Journal, Health.
The results of the laboratory tests, he added, were presented and ac­cepted at the 2015 World Virology conference in Atlanta , as well as the 2016 Antonio conference in Texas.
He hinted that he had already struck a deal with a US- based publishing company- Scientific Research Publishing , the publish­ers of World Journal of AIDS - to forward his book on the invention for publishing to be rewarded with a certain per cent of royalty from the proceeds.
The Isiala Ngwa born scientist challenged Nigerian government to repose confidence on Nigerian scientists , lamenting that while at home their contributions are not appreciated, they are being celebrat­ed abroad.
“ Even the white man now be­lieves in us, that is why they have asked me to bring the book for them to publish”.
He, therefore , appealed to the Federal Government to partner with him and commercialise the drug saying “ it will be an alterna­
 
 tive for petroleum to the Nigerian economy”.
He specifically challenged the Ministers of Health, Science and Technology, as well as Solid Min­erals to verify his claims and help him get international patency for the invention and to commercial­ise the drug.
“All treatments so far has been free of charge. I have spent over N5 million , and I need support to continue because many people are coming daily”, he said.
He also solicited government assistance for more studies and clinical tests to know drug combi­nations and medication strategies that may shorten duration of treat­ment before cure, and also to test the therapy on cancer patients.
Professor Ezeibe said that the two minerals used in developing the drug - Aluminium silicate, and magnesium silicate are in large de­posits in Abia State.
The Authority Newspaper sees this as laudable and there is need therefore for both the management of MOUAU, and the Abia State Government to give this inventor the needed support to harness the full benefits of his scientific exploit.
But the lack of trust Professor Maduike Ezeibe spoke of raised its ugly head in unexpected quarters almost immediately.
Director-General, NACA, Dr. Sani Aliyu; and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, had in a joint statement Tuesday, dismissed the claims by Ezeibe as untenable.
They said there was no evidence from the publications on the claims that “the authors obtained ethi­cal clearance from an appropriate body in Nigeria to conduct this study, and only ambiguous evi­dence that informed consent was sought from the evidently vulner­able patients.”
What a bile statement from NACA and NCDC! They would have invited Ezeibe , investigate his claims before making such state­ment on a patriotic Nigerian who has cured even a foreigner.
Ezeibe made some claims and mentioned names and numbers on his invention and for a Nigerian to invent a therapy for the dreaded HIV/ AIDS pandemic was not a mean feat.
Ezeibe said the condemnation of his work by the National Agency for the Control of Aids ( NACA) was borne out of envy.
He dismissed the criticism of NACA and NCDC as standing on nothing and a sheer manifestation of envy and jealousy.
He regretted that instead of cele­brating the scientific breakthrough, the federal agencies have resorted to cheap blackmail that cannot be substantiated.
“ If they say my work is obscure, how come the whole world has accepted it. I have made presen­tations in America and the work is already published in reputable world health journals because even the white men are convinced that the procedure was scientific.
“ They are only deceiving people who don’t understand scientific procedures. My therapy is not a concoction but pure science. The steps I followed were clearly stated and any one in doubt can subject it to scientific test.”
The Abia- born scientist chal­lenged all those doubting the ef­ficacy of his claims to engage him in a scientific debate or assemble experts in the field for verification instead of dismissing his hard la­bour and years of rigorous research without superior argument.
He , therefore, appealed to the National Assembly to intervene and help him reap the reward of his labour and not allow enemies of progress frustrate him.
Ezeibe had explained that Nige­ria would gain a lot if the Federal Government assists him to secure international patency for the ther­apy to avoid other countries from stealing the work.
Ezeibe who said over 500 HIV/ AIDS patients had already been treated by the drug also appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to come to his rescue.
He said he had already secured national patency for the drug in 2014 during the administration of former President Goodluck Jona­than.
The needless war of words by those in charge of destines of mil­lions of Nigerians should not be and rather than acting on impulse, laid out procedure should guide the decision on this HI/AIDS Therapy

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