Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Ebola: Why We Refused To Approve Nano Silva- FG + American Ambassador Praises Government

The Federal Government through the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, today gave reasons why it withheld its approval for the Anti-Ebola drug Nano-Silver produced by a Nigerian scientist in the Diaspora.

While speaking with the American Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Entwistle, in his office today, the minister revealed that the experimental drug, was withheld because it did not meet the requirements of the National Health Research Ethics Code.

In response to the minister, the ambassador, Mr James Entwistle expressed his satisfaction in the way the nation has been handling the Ebola crisis so far.

“You have all seen the headlines over the weekend, this is an issue that we have to keep working hard on, it may be with us for a while but there are some encouraging signs.

“Your government is doing a good job on contact tracing; I noticed when I flew back here on Thursday night into the country, before I left the plane I filed in the questionnaire.

“I was very impressed because I had to put in my seat number which is a very good idea, so that if you have to trace the guy who was seating next to me you will know where I am.

“I have been very impressed by this thing so I encourage the government of Nigeria to keep at it, which I know they will,’’ he said

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