Management of the University of Benin on Wednesday denied claims by the Dean of School of Basic Medical Sciences of the institution, Prof. Isaiah Ibeh, that he has invented a cure for the treatment of HIV/AIDS.
It would be recalled that Prof. Ibeh, had on Tuesday announced the breakthrough in an interview with newsmen in Benin, capital of Edo State.
In the Professor’s words, “We are at the 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,” Prof Ibeh had said in the interview.
However, the Provost, College of Medical Sciences of UNIBEN, Prof. Vincent Iyawe, yesterday said the university was not in tandem with the claims of Prof. Ibeh for now because the institution was not “carried along” in the research.
“The school would like to take credit for a breakthrough, but the school cannot align with the breakthrough because the college was not consulted, the university was not consulted, he did not carry anybody along.
“There are protocols and procedures. Going from stage to stage, we give it clinical trials which will take it to the Federal Ministry of Health to do clinical trial and many other things involved. We will equally have to take it to NAFDAC, and many other things have to be done before you come out with your claims, and even take it to the World Health Organization,” Prof. Iyawe said.
According to the College Provost, all the university was doing was to protect Prof. Ibeh and the integrity of UNIBEN.
When asked for comment on his next line of action, the inventor of the alleged HIV/AIDS cure, Prof. Ibeh declined, adding, “I will naturally maintain a studied silence.”