Instructions have been received by the National Institute for Medical Research and the College of Medicine, Ibadan by the Federal Government to conduct proper studies of the two claims of what seems to be an HIV cure in Nigeria.
Prof. Isaac Adewole, the Minister of Health, disclosed this on Monday in Ilorin at the Federal Fovernment Town Hall meeting for the North Central Zone.
Prof. Maduike Ezeibe, a Nigerian University don, recently claimed to have found a cure for the virus.
Prof. Adewole, who was responding to questions on the position of government on the claims, stated that getting a cure would be of public health interest to the country.
According to the minister, the country has about three million people infected with HIV, the second highest number in the world after South Africa.
The minister also made it known that there were modalities recognized 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.
Prof. Adewole said that the government was close to achieving the promise to make 10,000 Primary Health Care (PHC) service centres available to Nigerians.
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