“I Have Developed The Cure For Coronavirus Since 2015” – Ex-INEC chairman, Prof Maurice Iwu
Prof Maurice Iwu, a former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says he and his team has developed the cure for coronavirus disease since 2015.
Although the virus first broke out in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, Iwu, the chief executive officer of Bioresources Institute of Nigeria (BION), a research organisation, said his team had worked on solutions to the virus since 2015.
He made this known when he led members of his team to Dr. Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, and Ogbonnaya Onu, his science and technology counterpart, in Abuja on Monday.
Iwu commended the federal government for the efforts to contain and find a cure to the deadly virus.
“Honourable Minister, Sir, I am here to formally brief you about our drug discovery project, which has led to the identification of a potential treatment agent for Coronavirus infections,” he said.
“Your Excellency will recall that when the Ebola virus infection broke out in 2014 many people were surprised that our research group had an experimental lead compound that was identified 15 years earlier in 1999.
“And now with the emergence of a novel Coronavirus in 2019 as Covid-19 we had identified and patented a possible treatment back in 2015. It is very important that we must remain ahead of these emergent infections through research.
“We have under consideration possible dosage forms including a combination product formulation of the three agents (Rhygyfyn) described in our patents as broad spectrum antiviral drug, identified and developed here in Nigeria.
“We are set to introduce the products but our only limitation is finance. As you well know, science is a very expensive venture. I will like to plead with you to use your good office to kindly appeal to the government of President Muhammadu Buhari and well meaning Nigerians for their support.”
Prof Iwu us not strange to this new claims of cure for a disease, in the heat of Ebola fever epidemic in 2014 that took the life if over 11,000 persons across the world, he had said bitter kola could serve as a cure to Ebola virus, a claim which was largely debunked by the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) and the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).
Just yesterday, the NIGERIAN HEALTH BLOG ably reported that Prof Maduike Ezeibe, a Veterinarian and Dean at the Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture, claimed he had discovered a cure for Lassa fever and coronavirus. The federal ministry of health is yet to respond to his claims.
Culled from The Cable
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