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Ebola: NAFDAC to Prosecute Professor who Claimed Ewedu is a Cure

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In the midst of the Ebola outbreak, several individuals have claimed to have the panacea for the disease.  Kolanut, salt, Ewedu, and other food items have been rumoured to cure Ebola.

The National  Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has vowed to crack down on people who make such erroneous claims, beginning with the professor who claimed Ewedu can cure Ebola.

Director General of NAFDAC, Paul Orhii made the announcement yesterday, Vanguard reports.

Orhii reportedly stated that NAFDAC would arrest and prosecute a Nigerian Professor of Ophthalmology at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, (LUTH) who made the false claims about Ewedu.

“One consequence of these unsupported and possibly fraudulent claims is that people may be misled into a false sense of invincibility on account of eating Ewedu or bitter kola and drop their guards. This is a national embarrassment and the Agency will not take such uncorroborated claims by supposedly learned people lightly… NAFDAC will immediately arrest and prosecute any Nigerian making such unverified claims as that could mislead the public,” he said.
In its efforts to crack down on individuals exploiting the Ebola situation, NAFDAC has also arrested three Nigerian business men who imported fake Ebola kits and expired hand sanitizers into the country.
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13 Comments

  1. bruno

    September 17, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    They should also arrest pastors who say they can cure ebola and other diseases. Cause they are exploiting ignorant nigerians and misleading the public.

  2. Julez

    September 17, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    They need to create more awareness abt dis Ebola of a thing oo. cos most people I know ain’t aware and are ignorant abt it.. They don’t even believe sef…..

    • Mel

      September 19, 2014 at 8:29 am

      They want someone to persecute ..they should prosecute the diplomat who sent it to Port Harcourt…. Putting a good number of people at risk…. What happened to that man…. Or they are just gonna let it lie simple….

  3. chy

    September 17, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    which pastor said so. bad belle. abeg pack well well. pastors only recalled an issue that took place long time ago not that they will cure ebola. better still go sit your behind for gutter. ewu.

  4. I'mJustSayn'

    September 17, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Good!

  5. humm

    September 17, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Well prof IWU should also be on the list, because he claimed kolanut is a cure. NAFDAC do not use double standard here and be fair, but then this is Nigeria.

  6. vickky

    September 17, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I believe that NAFDAC may be overstepping its boundary here. They are to regulate existing products and not regulate peoples thoughts and beliefs no matter how flawed such thoughts may be.
    What if the Prof is actually carrying out a study on the antiviral properties of ewedu and the early results appear promising?
    Please there are still fake drugs and items around so they should continue their good work in that direction.

  7. No wonder

    September 17, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    But the prof that said it never claimed that ewedu could cure Ebola nah. She said it can be used to boost your immune system which can then overcome the virus when it attacks your system. It falls in the same line with bitter kola. As we have read and heard, when the virus attacks your system, your immune system is supposed to produce enough anti bodies to fight it but if it does not rapidly, then the virus overcomes your system. However, if your immune system is strong and with the help of other medications, this virus can be eliminated from the systems. As for me, I have been taking my diet very seriously even before Ebola. Fruits and vegetables are the way to go and if Ebola wan try itself and venture enter my system, na die e dey.

  8. Authentic Sunshine

    September 17, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Funny enough I now know which Sunday market to find Bruno.. I read the headlines and think, Bruno will be shopping here and tadahh I bump into him. Bruno since you’ve become a BN star, go on tell us more. Am curious….maybe it’s just me.
    – What do you do for a living
    – What age bracket do you fall into.
    – I’ve worked out you reside in Nigeria, so are you openly out of the closet or????
    – What is the most significant influence in your life ?
    Intrusive let me know but that shouldn’t faze you as you un-apologetically bold..

  9. fleur

    September 18, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Wow, Orhii, you try well well. Would not have thought we would get to the stage where people will pay for communicating false info to the detriment of the general public. Next stop sir – downunder or should I say vaginal washes.

  10. Parker

    September 18, 2014 at 8:45 am

    This is a nice one, please permit me to repost this on my blog.. Hahaha… Ewedu…

  11. Ellak

    September 19, 2014 at 10:09 am

    NAFDAC should channel their energy and resources to the diplomat that took the virus to PH not professors biko. Suggesting things that will build the immune aint bad. Besides if the Americans didnt do a research would they have come up with Zmapp? Be it EWedu or Bitterkola all na research.

  12. ANONYMOUS

    September 19, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    IT’S FALSE he really DID find the cure. Think. Why are they only arresting people for “fraudulent” claims of Ebola? There are people who say have found the cure for Cancer and AIDS. Why ONLY Ebola? Because that is what they want. The Governments are planning to eliminate several BILLION people off the face of the earth for their NEW WORLD ORDER. Don’t believe everything you hear in the news. They are testing it on African People too see the effects of their modified disease

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