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'Bitter Kola cannot cure Ebola'

05 August 2014, 14:04

Abuja - The Federal Government on Monday in Abuja inaugurated a six-man Working Group to carry out research on the treatment of Ebola virus.

The Minister of Health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu, inaugurated the committee co-chaired by Prof. Karniyus Gamanie, Director-General, National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRID), Abuja.

The other co-chair is the Director-General of Nigerian Institute for Medical Research, Prof Innocent Ujah.

Also read: We can stop Ebola!

Chukwu said there was no known cure for the Ebola infection nationwide at present, adding that there was “no scientific evidence’’ that eating 'bitter kola', could cure Ebola infection.

The minister was referring to media reports that suggested bitter kola could cure Ebola infection based on a research conducted by a Pharmacognosist and former Chairman of INEC, Prof. Maurice Iwu.

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The minister, who acknowledged the internationally acclaimed research of Iwu, also named him as one of the members of the committee.

“We have taken note that Iwu’s research has not been concluded. We also feel that in addition to mass enlightenment, we should not neglect the issue of research on Ebola disease." he said.

Chukwu said researches were going on across laboratories worldwide on vaccines for the treatment of the virus.


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