HIV/AIDS is one of the many diseases we have today which have no cure. Medical researchers and other medical personnel have over the years tried and tested several medications but to no avail. However, this might take a new turn as Prof. Francis Otunta, the Vice Chancellor (VC), Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, in Abia, has confirmed the discovery of a new drug for the treatment and cure of HIV/AIDS.
He told newsmen at the University campus yesterday that the finding followed years of scientific research by the institution and the breakthrough was made by Prof. Maduike Ezeibe, a researcher in the University. According to him, Ezeibe had presented the drug to the University management, Senate and Council, where he explained the processes he went through to arrive at his finding. The VC also said that Ezeibe had equally presented the drug to his colleagues in the medical field and nobody had contradicted his finding.
Prof. Ezeibe is a researcher in Veterinary Medicine and one may wonder how he discovered a drug to cure a human ailment. Ezeibe has been commended for the medical breakthrough and he has brought honour to the University and the country as a whole. The university is already in the process of mass producing the drug for further clinical trials on persons living with HIV/AIDS in the country.
Prof. Ezeibe, a professor of Veterinary Medicine and Clinical Virology, said that the drug was produced with Aluminum Silicate and Magnesium Silicate (Synthetic Aluminum-Magnesium Silicate). He said that the two minerals “are already in use as medicines for the treatment of various animal and human diseases”. He added that 10 persons living with the disease, “who volunteered’’, were made to apply through their doctor to the VC and were treated daily with the Medicinal Synthetic Aluminum-Magnesium Silicate (50 mg/kg).
The volunteers were subjected to monthly tests for viral loads and CD4-lymphocyte counts. With the antiviral effects of the medicine, its ability to reach all cells (as nanoparticles) and the lymphocytes, there is no more hiding place for the HIV virus. He said that the medicine had been used to potentiate Ampicilin, Chloroquine, Piperazine and Sulphadimidin, among others, and could be a major foreign exchange earner for Nigeria, if approved by relevant authorities.
According to him, “local and international pharmaceutical companies would find the product as a veritable raw material”. Ezeibe said that he presented the research findings to the World Virology Conference in Atlanta in 2015, and Antonio (Texas) in 2016. Besides, he said that the results of the laboratory tests had been published in many international scientific journals, including the British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research, among several others. He said that he was also about to sign a memorandum of understanding with a U.S.-based Scientific Research Publishing, publishers of World Journal of AIDS, for the publication of his book “How I came about the cure for HIV/AIDS”.
He said that the medicine was patented in August 2014 in Nigeria, called on the Federal Government to help him to secure international patency for the drug. If commercialisedthe Medicinal Synthetic Aluminum-Magnesium Silicate would become an alternative for petroleum to the Nigerian economy which would help boost the GDP and reduce inflation rate as well.
Hopefully, the drug works for those who have volunteered to let the drugs be tested on them. If it works, it’ll be a huge medical breakthrough and it’ll give Nigeria a better image in the world.