The National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) has urged Nigerians to ignore claims made by the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture that it had
The supposed cure was discovered by Professor Maduike Ezeibe, a professor of Veterinary Medicine and Clinical Virology at the university.
NACA made its comments via a statement released by its Director General, Dr. Sani Aliyu.
The statement reads:
“The claim for a HIV/AIDS cure is not new. It is also not new to find a scientist using ambiguous scientific methods and practices to buttress this claim, and to find obscure journals increasingly prepared to publish these claims.”
“We are concerned that the publicity given to these claims will stop patients with HIV from taking life-saving anti-retrovirals and give them false hope of a cure. It will be a great disservice to this vulnerable group of patients for the media to disseminate these claims in the absence of sound scientific evidence.
“There are long established, tried and tested routes for the discovery, development and validation of modern medicines before they can be registered and used for treatment in humans and animals.
“We call on all patients living with HIV that are currently taking their medications to continue to do so and to see their doctors if they have any concern. The NACA helpline (6222) is available on working days from 8am-8pm for members of the public seeking more information on HIV disease,” he added.
Aliyu also said the study quoted by Ezeibe did not follow standard ethical protocols for clinical trials and only ambiguous evidence that informed consent was sought from the evidently vulnerable patients.