• A worker performs a CD4 HIV test at a lab of Shanghai Xuhui District Central Hospital on Dec. 6, 2006, in Shanghai, China.

A worker performs a CD4 HIV test at a lab of Shanghai Xuhui District Central Hospital on Dec. 6, 2006, in Shanghai, China. (Photo : Getty Images/ China Photos)

HIV cure claimed to have been discovered by in Nigeria will once more undergo considerable scrutiny. The country's Senate Committee on Primary Healthcare, Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases has proposed for further authentication of the claim made by Prof. Maduike Ezeibe.

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Prof. Maduike Ezeibe of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture recently announced that he had made a breakthrough in HIV treatment after thorough research. The professor claimed that he had developed a new drug that could treat HIV. He further explained that during the research process, volunteers were given doses of Medicinal Synthetic Aluminum-Magnesium Silicate and were subjected to monthly testing for viral loads.

"They were treated daily with the Medicinal Synthetic Aluminum-Magnesium Silicate (50 mg/kg)," Vanguard Nigeria quoted Ezeibe as saying. "With the antiviral effects of the medicine, its ability to reach all cells (as nanoparticles) and the lymphocytes, there is no more hiding place (sanctuary) for HIV." 

Despite the claim of the Nigerian professor of his latest discovery, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has dismissed his claim. That is why Senate wanted a thorough scientific analysis in order to fully determine and conclude the claim made by Prof. Ezeibe. 

However, the agencies who previously studied and checked the latest HIV treatment claimed by Prof. Ezeibe have been adamant by their stand. They firmly believed that the information and claim of the Nigerian professor cannot be relied upon.

"Based on the evidence that he has provided that he had treated 10 patients and when you look at the records he had presented, it falls short of what is expected in terms of rigour, in terms of what is acceptable," The Guardian Nigeria quoted Executive Secretary Dr. Faisal Shuaib as saying. "We engaged the university and found out the information provided by the professor cannot be relied upon. By the information I have, we found out that those persons were not cured."

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