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Obama rejects Nigeria’s request for Ebola trial drug

08 August 2014, 10:26

Abuja - The hope of a cure for Ebola Virus victims in Nigeria was on Thursday dashed as the United States of America rejected Nigeria’s request for the trial drug which is being used on the two American doctors that were infected with the virus.

US President President Barack Obama believes it is too early and premature to share the experimental drug with Nigeria and other African countries, reports NewsDay

In turning down the request, Obama said it would be far more beneficial to Nigeria and other African countries to focus on preventive methods instead.

Also read : Ebola: Government seeks US assistance

Addressing the 50 African leaders at the US-African Summit in Washington, Obama said he lacked enough information to approve the drug.

He advised African countries to focus more on a strong public health systems that could help in controlling the spread of the virus.

Nigeria had on Monday reached out to the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, in Atlanta, to request for the drug for treatment of Ebola affected persons in Nigeria.

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