Abuja (NAN) – Nigeria has received an experimental drug from an unnamed Nigerian scientist to treat Ebola virus, the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, said in Abuja on Thursday.Chukwu, who gave the cheering news at a news conference, gave the name of the drug as “Nanosilver.”
“The only experimental drug we have now is Nanosilver, provided by a Nigerian scientist; details of the drug will be disclosed later to the media.However, we have 11 confirmed cases of Ebola in Nigeria, out of these, three are dead, Patrick Sawyer, a Nigeria nurse and ECOWAS protocol officer.Apart from Lagos, there is no Ebola case in any states of the federation’’, he said.
Chukwu said the suspected cases that were reported in Abia, Anambra, and Abuja were investigated and proved negative.He added that Cross River was also free of the disease, adding that the nurse who was under surveillance in Lagos that travelled to Enugu was back to Lagos with members of her family for close monitoring.
“Nobody in Enugu has Ebola disease, all cases are still confined within Lagos’’, said Chukwu.
Adienbong Adaga, the Chief Executive Officer, Aliko Dangote Foundation, announced the donation of N150 million for the Ebola Emergency Operation Centre in Lagos.She urged other philanthropists in the country to support government financially to curb the spread of the virus.
Labaran Maku, the Minister of Information, thanked the donor and urged all Nigerians to emulate the gesture.He also thanked international partners for their donations, saying that government was doing everything possible to ensure that the disease did not escalate.