Abuja - The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Monday said that the Federal government was withholding its approval for the Anti-Ebola drug Nano-Silver produced by a Nigerian scientist in the diaspora.
Chukwu made this known when he received the U.S Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, in his office in Abuja.
He said that the Nano Silver drug, which was made available to the Emergency Operations Centre in Lagos on August14, did not meet basic research requirements.
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He said the ambassador’s visit was an opportunity to share ideas and information on Ebola virus.
The minister said Entwistle also visited to know if there was any new development that recently cropped up on the Ebola virus.
Entwistle had commended the efforts of the Federal Government in curbing the spread of the Ebola virus in the country.
He said the aim of the visit was to discuss further on the anti-Ebola cooperation between the U.S government and the Nigerian government.
The ambassador also praised the work done at the emergency operation centre and the isolation centre, saying he understood that they were working hard.
On the U.S experimental drug on Ebola, Entwistle said there were no sufficient quantity for now to be given to Nigeria, therefore, the focus should be on isolation, screening and prevention.