Francis Otunta, vice chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Abia state, says a new drug has been developed for the treatment and cure of HIV/ AIDS.The vice chancellor of the university on Wednesday told journalists that the discovery followed years of scientific research by the institution, reports the Voice of Nigeria (VON). .
Otunta said the breakthrough was made by Maduike Ezeibe, a professor and researcher in the university.He said Ezeibe had presented the drug to the university management, senate and council, and had also explained the processes he undertook to arrive at his finding. .
Ezeibe, a professor of veterinary medicine and clinical virology, said that the drug was produced with Aluminum Silicate and Magnesium Silicate (Synthetic AluminumMagnesium Silicate).He said both minerals “are already in use as medicines for the treatment of various animal and human diseases”.
The professor said 10 persons living with the disease had volunteered and were made to apply through their doctor to the VC.”They were treated daily with the Medicinal Synthetic Aluminum-Magnesium Silicate (50mg/kg),” he said. .
Ezeibe said that the volunteers were subjected to monthly tests for viral loads and CD4-lymphocyte counts.He said 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.” .
. “Local and international pharmaceutical companies would find the product as a veritable raw material…Results of the laboratory tests, he said, had been published in many international scientificjournals, including the British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research.