Nigeria's regulatory body probes AIDS cure claim

Lagos,  Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's regulatory National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has begun a probe into the claim by a university professor to have discovered a herbal drug capable of curing AIDS.

Prof. Isaiah Ibeh of the University of Benin in Nigeria's Mid-west made the claim Tuesday, saying the drug (Deconcotion X) had undergone “a series of successful tests.”

NAFDAC boss Paul Orhii told journalists in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, Thursday that the agency had invited Prof. Ibeh to prove his claim.

Dr. Orhii said the don was wrong to have going public with his claim, saying it was the duty of the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, to make the announcement after tests by NAFDAC.

He said  the product was never brought to his agency for vetting, and was not subjected to any institutional scrutiny.

“I wish to caution other persons who might want to follow in the footsteps of Prof. Isaiah Ibeh in making public claims for products whose safety and efficiency have not been scientifically proved  to desist from such acts .There is a procedure laid down for determining  the efficacy and safety of new medicines and this must be strictly adhered to,'' the NAFDAC boss said.

Prof. Ibeh's cure claim has also been disowned by his university.

A previous AIDS cure claim by a Nigerian medical doctor, Dr. Jeremiah Abalaka, fizzled out after he refused to submit his AIDS 'vaccine' for tests.
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11 january 2013 09:38:37

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