Presently there is a Lassa fever epidemic in Nigeria, which has so far killed one doctor and 42 persons across 10 states. In this piece, Joyce Remi-Babayeju x-rays efforts of a local herb to the cure of the dreaded disease.
The latest news on Lassa fever is that since the current outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever in Nigeria, at least 43 persons have died including one doctor who died after operating on a pregnant woman in Port Harcourt.
The sad news is that the current endemic is claiming more lives when compared to past incidences in the country.
In a recent joint press briefing on the update on Lassa fever by the Minster of Health , Professor Issac Adewole and the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in Abuja, a cumulative summary on Lassa fever was released, showing 41 deaths, 25 confirmed cases and 93 suspected cases with s CFR of 44 per cent.
But just this week, Abuja report the death of a 33-year-old man who was transferred from a hospital in Kubwa, a suburb, to the National Hospital where he later died. This has brought the total deaths so far to 43.
From the time of the outbreak the Minister of Health, Professor Adwole, announced that government distributed Ribavirin drugs to Lassa fever troubled states and was on top of the situation so the public need not panic.
Notwithstanding the promise, the situation seems like a mirage with new infections and more two deaths.
In the mist of the health storm facing the country, there is one Nigerian who has come out to claim that he has an authentic cure for the disease, which is subject to scientific test. He also claimed that the drug could cure Ebola and Dengue fever, which is presently being neglected.
Speaking in an exclusive chat with Nigerian Pilot Sunday, Pharmacist Benjamin Amodu, who is a herbal medicine manufacturer, said that without mincing words his newest drug which is yet to be named can cure Lassa fever.
He said, “Yes I have a drug that is subject to test both internationally and locally that can cure Lassa fever and other haemorrhagic diseases. I have a single product here that can cure Lassa fever, although I have not given it a name yet.
“Before now I have developed a drug that can cure Dengue fever. Dengue is in the same group with Ebola, Lassa, except that they have different ways of transmission to people.”
He stated that he was ready to give out samples to organisations to challenge government to seek its (the drug’s) efficacy, adding that the drugs could be taken for testing in order to ascertain that it is possible to manufacture such drugs in Nigeria.
“Just like the President said the other time, Nigerians should look inwards, so if we have something good here in our country, why is government afraid of challenge? Let them take it up and analyse it and it will seen to prevent and cure Lassa fever.”
Right now, it is observed that government is treating Lassa fever with Ribavirin, which is the only product for managing the fever for now, even though the Minister of Health has just announced a second one. With a third drug in the making, it is hoped that more of this discoveries will help in the management of Dengue fever.
Speaking on previous efforts, the herbal medicine manufacturer disclosed that just like the current case of Lassa fever epidemic ravaging the country, samples were taken in the case of Ebola to the former Minister of Health for testing, but it was not investigated. The unfortunate thing about Lassa fever this time is that it has come and gone several times, but not in this mode.”
He explained further that the efficacy of the new drug, which was tested in one of the most competent laboratories in the world, resulted to CD8; this will be effective in the management and treatment of Ebola.
“Also for the HIV patients whose CD4 and CD8 we took record of, after three months of use, when we repeated the tests one increased from 66CD8 to 788 from 1414 to 2149 CD8.
The first one shows an increase of 500 and the second one, an increase of 200. This shows that if they are used to manage Ebola, it will succeed, while the second test is to apply it to a physical Ebola patient and we don’t have a P4 lab here but it is in Asia countries and US. This is the next stage we are going to now, he said.

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