14 Aug 2014

Nigerian scientist donates experimental drug for treatment of Ebola in Nigeria

An experimental drug for treatment of Ebola has been provided by a Nigerian in diaspora.

Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu briefing journalists in Abuja on the update of the virus said, "the drug, Nano Silver is already on its way to Lagos, Thursday morning."

He explained that the drug "was provided by a Nigerian scientist and has been used experimentally."

The minister also clarified that there are no cases of Ebola in Enugu, adding that, rumours of possible cases in Abia, Anambra, Imo and fears on Cross River States have been ruled out as there is no single case of Ebola in those states.

The drug, “Nanosilver”, can now be used following the approval by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that experimental treatments are ethical in the case of the Ebola pandemic.

The Nigerian government authorised the use of experimental drugs on Wednesday.

Chukwu also hinted that government is to apply to WHO for drugs that have donated the organisation.

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