The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Monday warned that the agency is battle ready to clampdown on people making false claims that they have products that can cure Ebola virus disease.
The Director – General of the agency, Dr. Paul Orhii who gave the warning in Lagos restated that Ebola virus disease has no cure for now and there is no definite drug that can cure the disease.
Reacting to alleged rumours of online advertisement for Ebola drugs and cure said NAFDAC will not take lightly any such advertisement of a disease that is currently ravaging the West African countries.
Orhii warned that anybody making false claims that he or she has products that can cure Ebola virus disease (EVD) to stop it or face the wrath of the law.
His words, “The honourable . Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi has stated categorically that there is no cure yet for Ebola
He lamented that unscrupulous people are trying to take advantage of the EVD outbreak in the region to deceive vulnerable people by making claims that they have a remedy for the disease.
He said those who claim they possess a cure for Ebola should do so only after it has been certified. “They should go through the normal ‘scientific’ process,” he added.
He said for now, EVD has no known cure adding that “It would be a good thing if the cure is found in Nigeria but things must be done according to lay down rules.”
Nigerians are desperate and will be ready to buy anything if they have the virus. If anyone has a cure let him come to the agency. We will follow up but we are not going to allow anybody to take advantage of the sick. We will arrest anybody found making false claims.