Nigerian university Prof. announces AIDS 'cure'

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian university teacher, Prof. Isaiah Ibeh, has announced the development of a herbal drug that can possibly cure AIDS, the local media reported Wednesday.

Prof. Ibeh, who heads the School of Basic Medical Sciences at the University of Benin in Nigeria's Midwest Edo State, said the drug, which he called ''Deconcotion X (DX)'', had been subjected to a ''series of successful tests''.

“We are at the threshold of making history, in the sense that we seem to have with us something that will permanently take care of what over time seems to have defied all solutions. We are talking about the latest discovery of an oral drug made from plants extraction in Nigeria for the possible cure of the pandemic, HIV and AIDS virus,'' he was quoted to have told journalists.

Prof. Ibeh said the development of the drug started in 2010, and that it had been ''medically examined'' both in Nigeria and in the US. But he did not say whether it has been reviewed by his peers.

On the efficacy of the drug, he said it had ''performed well'' on patients with the HIV virus and had shown evidence of total restoration of damaged tissues.

“But preliminary results showed that of the five latest patients orally administered with the drugs, our findings is that up to seven months , three of them were sero negative while two were sill faintly positive,’' the university teacher said.

He said further tests were being conducted to determine at what point will a patient become negative after being administered the drug.

This is not the first time that a Nigerian had claimed to have found a cure for AIDS.

In the late 1990s, a Nigeria medical  doctor, Jeremiah Abalaka, claimed to have discovered a preventive and curative vaccine for HIV/AIDS, generating a huge controversy.

However, he described his vaccine as a ''trade secret'' and refused to allow it to be subjected to any test, effectively signalling its death knell.
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09 january 2013 18:49:00




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