Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission and Chief Executive Officer of Bioresources Institute of Nigeria, Maurice Iwu who is a Professor of Pharmacognosy has made claims of finding a compound that can slow down the growth of the COVID-19 virus and increase the rate of recovery in patients.
Maurice Iwu made this known on Monday as he led his team of researchers to brief the Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu and his Health counterpart, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, in Abuja.
He said the institute identified and patented the possible COVID 19 treatment in 2015 and now needs the Federal Government’s support to translate the compound into a drug for the treatment of the virus.
His team had tested three compounds known to be reactive against coronavirus and two of them yielded good results for the fight against the coronavirus.
He asked the NAFDAC health commission for permission for it to be developed into a better compound which can be used as a preventive agent for the COVID-19 Virus. He also warned that failure to develop the vaccines will enable the virus to be able to multiply exponentially in the victim’s body thereby making it difficult to treat.
He used the Chinese SARS virus of 2002 as a reference and he also narrated how the Chinese have been able to isolate the compound and use it for the treatment of 7,600 coronavirus patients who recovered with no issues at all.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK