The absence of a certified cure for HIV/AIDS has continued to give rise to many claims and counter claims by those who purport to have found a therapy that will heal those with the disease.
On Tuesday, it was the turn of Prof. Isaiah Ibeh, the Dean of School of Basic Medical Sciences of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Benin-City, who claimed to have found a cure for the dreaded disease. But just before the ululation that greeted the “great discovery” could die down, UNIBEN authorities that should be celebrating the “breakthrough” of one of their own, has come out to swiftly disown the don’s discovery.
Ibeh had announced the breakthrough in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Benin-City, capital of Edo State. Ibeh had said in the interview that, “We are at threshold of making history in the sense that we seem to have with us something that will permanently take care of what overtime seems to have defied all solutions. “We are talking about the latest discovery of an oral drug made from plant extraction in Nigeria for the possible cure of the pandemic, HIV and AIDS virus.”
But in his reaction to questions from journalists in his office, the Provost, College of Medical Sciences of the University, Prof. Vincent Iyawe, said the university could not vouch for the claims of Ibeh for now, because the institution was not “carried along” in the research.