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Ebola: FG Rejects Use of Nano Silver For Treatment

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The long expected trial drug for the treatment of the deadly Ebola virus, Nano Silver, which entered Lagos recently has been rejected by the Nigerian Federal Government. 

Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, the Minister of Health, said on Monday that the Federal government was withholding its approval for the anti-Ebola drug Nano Silver,which was made available to the Emergency Operations Center in Lagos on August 14. It was produced by a Nigerian scientist in the Diaspora. His reason as that it did not meet the basic requirements.

"The experimental drug Nano Silver, did not meet the requirements of the National  Health Research Ethics code", he said. "Accordingly, the approval as withheld by the National Health Research Ethics Committee".

Prof Chukwu made this known when he received the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, in his office in Abuja.

"He is the spokesperson for the United States' government here in Nigeria, and so he came to me as the Chief Public Health officer of the country to exchange views with me", he said.

He said the ambassador's visit was an opportunity to share ideas and information on the Ebola virus.

The minister said that the ambassador also visited to know if there was any new or recent development concerning the solution to the deadly virus. 

Entwistle said however that his aim was also to discuss further on the anti-Ebola cooperation between the U.S. government and the Nigerian government. He said the two countries had a broad partnership to keep collaborating, cooperating, and working hard to make the world a better place. He said he could not think of a more important example of cooperation than the Ebola cooperation.

The ambassador commended the efforts of the Federal Government in its efforts to contain the spread of the Ebola virus in the country. He also praised the work done at the Emergency Operation Center, saying he understood that they were working hard.

"You have all seen the headlines over the weekend, this is an issue that we have to keep working hard on, it may be with us for a while but there are some encouraging signs", he said.

"Your government is doing a good job on contact tracing; I noticed when i flew back here on Thursday night into the country, before i left the plane, i filled the questionnaire... I was very impressed because I had to put in my seat number which is a very good idea, so that if you have to trace the guy who was seating next to me, you will know where I am. I have been very impressed with this thing so I encourage the government of Nigeria to keep at it, which I know they will", He said.

On the U.S. experimental drug (ZMApp) however, the ambassador said there were no sufficient quantity for now to be given to Nigeria. Therefore, the focus should be on isolation, screening, and prevention.

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