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Maurice Iwu Claims He Has Possible Treatment For Coronavirus

Former INEC Chairman, Professor Maurice Iwu, briefs ministers in regards to the discovery of a doable therapy for coronavirus.



Former Chairman of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu, says he has recognized a doable therapy of the novel Coronavirus which has claimed over three,000 lives globally.

The COVID-19 virus, Iwu, a Professor of Pharmacognosy, claims is among the many uncared for tropical emergent ailments his analysis group has been finding out for years.

Professor Iwu made the disclosure whereas briefing the Minister of Science and Expertise, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, who was within the firm of the Minister of State for Well being, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora and the Minister of State for Science and Expertise, Barrister Mohammed Abdullahi in Abuja on Monday.

In accordance with professor Iwu, who heads a bio-science institute, the US Authorities has reached out to him to take the found compound and check it in opposition to the COVID-19 virus.

“We have now chosen to concentrate on uncared for tropical emergent ailments similar to Leishmaniasis, Ebola virus, Dengue fever virus, Chikungunya virus, coronavirus, and Tacaribe virus.

“When the Ebola virus broke out in 2014, many Nigerians had been stunned that we had an experimental lead compound that we recognized in 1999.

“Now with the emergence of a novel coronavirus in 2019 as COVID 19, we have now recognized and patented a doable therapy again in 2015, it is rather essential that we should stay forward of those emergent infections via analysis.

“On Thursday final week, the US Authorities contacted me and we signed a non-clinical analysis settlement for us to take this product ahead and we try to see how we are able to check this compound instantly in opposition to this new virus.

“They’re making an attempt arrange so we are able to see if this specific one is inferior to SARS in order that the programme will have the ability to go on,” he maintained.

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Professor Iwu added that he has concluded preparations with the Anti-viral programme of the United Nations Nationwide Institute of Well being to topic compounds from Nigerian vegetation in opposition to the virus.

“We’re contemplating growing the three merchandise collectively in order that they change into the primary broad-spectrum antiviral agent popping out of Nigeria.

“We wish to plead with you to enchantment to Nigerians for his or her assist in order that we are able to develop our personal drugs and have drugs for coronavirus as a substitute of ready and utilizing that from different locations.

“We’re prepared to make obtainable, the lead compound which we have now remoted,” Professor Iwu said.

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