- Professor Maurice Iwu said the vaccine for treating coronavirus (COVID-19) will be available soon
- Recall that Iwu had earlier presented a plant-based patented treatment for COVID-19 to the DG which is now been tested in the United States
- Professor Iwu said that there is a positive sign that it would soon be ready
The drug for the treatment of the dreaded coronavirus will be ready soon if the testing of the vaccine is completed, Professor Maurice Iwu has reportedly said.
The Nation reports that Iwu who is the chairman of the Imo State Taskforce on COVID-19 gave the assurance in Owerri on Wednesday, April 1.
The professor of Pharmacognosy from the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), had earlier presented a plant-based patented treatment for COVID-19 to the minister of science and technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, which is now been tested in the United States.
Speaking to journalists in Owerri, Professor Iwu disclosed that there is a positive sign that it would soon be ready.
“The work on the drug we are developing is still going on. We are encouraged by the result we are getting. We are getting very positive signs,” he was quoted to have said.
“Luckily the drug is a safe one. It is drug already in use. We are repurposing it for this particular purpose. So when we finished the studying and testing we are doing, I think the drug will come up in line very very soon,” the professor added.
He said that the state government is doing everything humanly possible to prevent the virus from getting a hold in the state.
Imo state has not recorded any confirmed case of COVID-19.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed 12 new cases of coronavirus infection, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 151.
The NCDC in a tweet on Wednesday, April 1, stated that nine of the cases were detected in Osun state, two in Edo and one in Ekiti state.
The agency said out of the 151 cases recorded so far, nine people who have been treated for the infection and have been discharged while two have died of the virus.
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