HIV Drug: FG Awards Grants, Certificate To Ezeibe - The Oracle

The Nigerian HIV medicine, Medicinal synthetic Aluminum-magnesium silicate (MSAMS), was among inventions for which the Federal Government made available some grants to some inventors on Tuesday in Abuja.

In addition, the inventors were given certificates of recognition. The inventor of MSAMS, Prof. Maduike Ezeibe, disclosed this to The Oracle Today in Umuahia. The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology advanced the grants to the inventors at a ceremony in Abuja.

The Oracle Today, had reported last April that an Inter-Ministerial Committee set up by the federal government to authenticate Ezeibe’s drug had approved that Ezeibe be encouraged financially to conduct more research into his invention.

It was the first indication that the federal government has recognized that the scientist’s claims of producing a drug that cures HIV/AIDS has merit.

The Committee, therefore, recommended that he should approach the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) to get more money that should be ploughed into further studies on his research result.

The letter containing that approval from the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST) and addressed to Ezeibe, was dated March 27, 2018 and signed by Director, Health and Biomedical Science Department, Dr. Manasseh Gwaza, for the Minister, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu.

It was entitled: “Authentication Of The Nigerian Antiretroviral Medicine: The Medicinal Synthetic Aluminium-Magnesium Silicate.”

The letter read in part: “Please recall that you requested for collaboration with Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST) on the commercialization of a product (Medicinal Synthetic Aluminium-Magnesium Silicate (MSAMS) discovered for the cure of HIV/AIDS; subsequently, the Honourable Minister of Science and Technology(HMST) approved the constitution of an Inter-Ministerial Technical Committee, which was inaugurated on 19th December, 2017 and had a follow-up meeting on 23rd February, 2018 to evaluate the researcher’s claim on the discovery of a cure for HIV/AIDs and to ascertain if the research result was in conformity with national and international best practices.”

Hide Your IP  Windows Screen ShotAccording to Gwaza, who is also the Secretary of the Inter-Ministerial Committee which has Prof Zubairu Iliasu of Federal Ministry of Health as Chairman, the meeting resolved among other things: “That Prof. Maduike should source funds from TETFUND for further research to be conducted on his research result,” adding that “if necessary, the Inter-Ministerial Committee should forward a letter to TETFUND recommending Prof. Ezeibe in order to facilitate the provision of grant for further research.”

Also, the letter added that “the Inter-Ministerial Committee should advise Prof. Maduike to conduct further research on his research result,” which necessitated the approval for Ezeibe to approach TETFund for more funds.

Recall that Ezeibe broke the cheering news of his discovery of the anti-retroviral drug for the cure of HIV/AIDS in February 2017, but the news was quickly mired in controversy as experts accused Ezeibe of not towing the formal route for the announcement of such scientific discoveries.

Not daunted, Ezeibe, wrote to the federal government, requesting authentication of his claims and more funds to conclude his research which was at the clinical trials stage.

He equally approached the Senate, praying the upper chamber of the National Assembly to persuade the Executive arm of the federal government to investigate his claim, insisting that his drug would boost the nation’s economy even more than crude oil.

Reacting to the Federal Government’s grant, which was given to him in Abuja, Ezeibe said: “My joy is that this recognition came after the inter-ministerial committee of the Federal government looked into our claim, that our medicine can cure HIV and other diseases said to be incurable. It means that they have seen that we are not talking nonsense.”

As part from his exhibition at the occasion, Ezeibe distributed abstracts explaining how MSAMS cures HIV and even cancer.

The abstract entitled “Reasons immune deficiency (HIV/HBV/HCV) diseases are ‘incurable’ and how The Nigerian Medicinal synthetic Aluminum-magnesium silicate overcomes them,” explained that Aluminum-magnesium silicate (AMS) molecules are made of Nanoparticles (smaller than HIV, Hepatitis B Virus and Hepatitis C Virus).

“This ultra-small size enables them reach all cells,” he explained.

According to the Scientist, HIV and HCV are positively charged while HBV is negatively charged.

“So, AMS-Nanoparticles mop HIV/ HCV with their surfaces and HBV with their edges. Infected/cancer cells are negatively charged. Therefore, the Nanoparticles also bond onto the abnormal cells with their edges and destroy them,” he said.

Ezeibe has maintained that MSAMS could be used to potentiate other drugs to make them more effective, adding that if the drug is patented and commercialized by the Nigerian government, MSAMS has the capacity to yield more foreign exchange for the country than crude oil.

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