Orhii Dissociates NAFDAC From UNIBEN Professor’s HIV/AIDS Cure Claims

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Dr Paul Orhii yesterday warned Nigerians not to patronize the drugs announced by Professor Isaiah Ibeh of University of Benin, UNIBEN, as cure for HIV/AIDS.

The Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, said the drug was not subjected to standard scientific protocols before announcement, and needed to be sanctioned.

Disassociating NAFDAC from the announcement, he said the product was never brought to his agency for vetting and neither was it subjected to any known institutional scrutiny.

“We have started with disassociating ourselves from the so called cure. We will decide the appropriate sanction. We have invited him for further investigation.

“If our laws don’t have appropriate punishment for such persons who don’t follow scientific protocols in making such pronouncement, we will review the law and ensure that such do not occur again.

“The agency wishes to state that this herbal drug which is claimed to have undergone a series of successful tests has never been presented to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control for evaluation of efficacy and safety.

“This bogus claim of efficacy without following the appropriate procedure for drug evaluation is capable of misleading the public, especially those that have HIV/AIDs infection as there is no known official or scientifically proven cure for HIV/AIDS infection to date.”

“You may recall that Nigeria had been inundated with similar spurious claims in the past, when individuals announced cure for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and Diabetes which later turned out to be false after thorough investigation.

“This is usually at the expense of innocent citizens who have risked their lives, wasted their time and money in search of the elusive cure for their ailments. Nigerians deserve better than to be used as Guinea pigs no matter how noble the intention of the researcher.

“Also recall that in September 2011, NAFDAC arrested the Managing Director of Winners Medical Diagnostics and Research Institute, Dr. Jacob Abdullahi for dealing in expired medicines claimed to be cure for HIV.

“Similarly, in November 2011, one Dr. (Amb) P.S.A. Bondima Young of Bondima Hepatoviral Centre, Jos was apprehended by NAFDAC for administering unregistered drugs on patients for the treatment of Hepatitis.

“I wish to caution other persons who might want to follow the footsteps of Prof. Isaiah Ibeh in making public claims for products whose safety and efficiency have not been scientifically proven to desist from such acts.

“There is a laid down protocol for determining efficacy and safety of new medicines and this must be strictly adhered to by all,” Orhii said.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. NAFDAC should just tell us that they have not verified the claims of Prof Ibeh and as such the public should not patronise the drug. And not this clear exhibition of jealousy. ‘ Were they, that nobody should make effort towards the resolution of the Pandemic. Even if the drug has 30% efficacy it is commendable and Kudos Kudos!! Pro Ibe should not bow to pressures from enemies of progress For a Pro to make that claim there is something behind it. What we want to see is the effort towards authenticating the claim. But what we see is the usual. Kill it! Kill it!! its unfortunate. This time you will all fail. HIV victims will accept any assistance even from the devil. Be carefull Prof their goal is to steal your effort. Thanks for beating them to it.

  2. Chinua Achebe said nd i quote “The problem with nigeria is dat of it leadership”. Its a litle tin, if he doesnt com 2 u 4 vetting sir, go to him nd carry out d necsry scientfic investigatn on his claim, if he’s finding is wrong, encourage him…ds hw scnce grows and discovries ar made. (‘m a biomedical stdnt)

  3. My people are u not aware they are hand in hand wit american phamaceutical agencie who are making billions daily from anti ritroviral drugs!. Even if its proven to work they wont accept it. Look at d step of the president of dat african country who damed them & is planning to open a hospital to administer his cure to his people. Wake up nija & give our herbs a chance mr nafdac.

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