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Nigeria waiting on US over Ebola drug

08 August 2014, 06:52

Abuja - The minister of health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, said on Thursday that the Federal Government was awaiting response from America on drug request.

Chukwu spoke to journalists on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Defence Identification Centre (DNA) at the Magadishu Cantonment in Abuja

He said that the U.S. has not yet responded to Nigeria’s request for supply of the experimental drug used for the treatment of the deadly Ebola virus.

"We have not received any response from them (America), we have made the request; we believe they will respond to us.

Also read: 'Ebola outbreak a national emergency'

"But we know that this is still an experimental drug, some of the data required is now being collected, but they are now using it on people,” said Chukwu.

The minister said "we are not completely sure yet of its efficacy, we are not yet completely sure if there are side effects that will outweigh its benefits”.

He, however, explained that if it was an experimental drug, it was not being produced in commercial quantity.

"So obviously given the demand all over the world, may be there will be challenges about supply, but we awaiting their formal response,” he said.


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