Via Punch: Minister awaits response on anti-Ebola experimental drug. Excerpt:
The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Thursday said that the Federal Government was still waiting for the response of the Government of the United States on the request of the Federal Government for the Zmapp experimental drug to treat the Ebola cases in the country.
Chukwu had told journalists on Wednesday that the Federal Government had requested for the drug from the US to treat those infected with the deadly virus.
The Minister also said that he had not received any response from the US turning down the request of the Federal Government for the release of the drug which has been used to treat two infected American medical practitioners.
The Minister made this comment while speaking to journalists shortly after commissioning the Defence Identification Centre at the Mogadishu Cantonment Abuja.
The Minister said that he was optimistic that the US would respond to the request of the Federal Government on the Ebola emergency.
He explained that the seeming delay in the response of the US might be as a result of issues relating to the production and supply of the drugs.
He stated also that the data of the drugs were still being collected now that it had been used on human beings.
Chukwu added that for now, nobody was sure of the efficacy of the drug and whether the side effects of the drugs would outweigh its benefits or not.