Don seeks commercialisation of local HIV/AIDS drugs

From Chidi Asonye, Umuahia

A professor of Medicine and Clinical Virology, Professor Maduike Ezeibe, who invented Medicinal Synthetic Aluminum–Magnesium Silicate (MSAMS) which is effective for the cure of HIV/AIDS, says the medicine can generate more income than oil for Nigeria, when fully harnessed.

Prof. Ezeibe, who is the 48th inaugural lecturer of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, made the remark while presenting his lecture titled : Cure for ‘Incurable Diseases’ (HIV/AIDS), Other Viral Diseases, Cancers, Antimicrobial -Resistant Infections’.

Ezeibe, who is also the Dean of College of Veterinary Medicine of the University said the Nigerian HIV/AIDS medicine, now known all over the world, was made of Aluminum-magnesium silicate (AMS) arguing that even though AMS has been in use as medicine, “we are the first to use it to treat systemic diseases, including HIV/AIDS and cancers.

Prof. Ezeibe’s claim which has attracted public attention over the years had been a subject of controversy, following its disapproval by the National Centre for Control of AIDS and the Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control.

But not deterred, the inaugural lecturer has continued to insist on the efficacy of his drug in the treatment of HIV/AIDS and has therefore challenged relevant authorities to a public hearing about the efficacy of his invention.

His words, “I wonder why Nigerians are finding it difficult to believe us. Should I call it inferiority complex? Why don’t we know that our own scientists are as good as any other scientists in other parts of the world?

“There are people who find it difficult to believe that we (Nigerians) have found cure for – incurable diseases, but nobody in the world has been able to muster scientific argument(s) against the mechanisms we have put forward for the breakthrough”.

Earlier, declaring open the inaugural lecture, Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Francis Otunta, commended the inaugural lecturer for his scientific and academic contributions.

His words, “The university stood by him because it saw that he was making sense. He has done a great job. You can see why MOUAU has become important anywhere you go.”

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