University of Benin on Wednesday distanced itself from Prof. Isaiah Ibeh’s claim that he had found a possible cure for AIDS.
Reports on Wednesday quoted Ibeh, who is UNIBEN’s Dean of Basic Medical Sciences, as saying he had developed a herbal drug capable of curing AIDS.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin on Tuesday that the new drug had undergone a series of successful tests.
But speaking with our correspondent in his office on Tuesday, Provost, College of Medical Sciences, UNIBEN, Prof. Vincent Iyawe, said the university was unaware of the breakthrough, and would therefore not substantiate it until procedures for verifying such were concluded.
“The school will like to take credit for a breakthrough, but the school cannot align with the breakthrough because the university college was not consulted and the university was not consulted. He didn’t carry anybody along, so, this is the issue. There are protocols and procedures, stage by stage procedures
“We are going to take it (drug) to the clinical laboratory, we are going to take it to the Federal Ministry of Health because they have a procedure there.
“We’ll probably take it to NAFDAC because it is a unit or department of the ministry. We’ll take it for clinical trial, and many things we’ll have to do before we can announce that we discovered something.
“In fact, we have to take it to the World Health Organisation. So these are the things we are discussing.”
Asked whether Ibeh was unaware of such procedures before going public, Iyawe said:
“I don’t know. He can answer that question, but we are not granting a press interview.
I said after we have finished, we can still call you people (media). All we are doing is to protect him.”
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