An indigenous scientist, Chief Apollos Keniyinbo, on Tuesday called for stakeholder support to show a solution he claimed to have found for the novel coronavirus.
Keniyinbo, who heads the Center for Creative Scientists in the Niger Delta, spoke with the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) in Yenagoa.
He said that Nigeria needed to look beyond developed countries for a vaccine and cure for the virus.
“I call on the government at all levels to create an environment that allows the scientific community to verify and validate what I have done so far.
“Since the pandemic broke out in China, I started working on a solution and in February 2020 my formulation was ready, but as we speak, I have not been given an opportunity to present my findings for your scrutiny,” he said.
Keniyinbo, who studied analytical chemistry, said he was familiar with the procedures and processes for vaccine production.
“I am very willing but they have not paid attention to me.
“I have approached the Bayelsa Office of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control and my interactions with it showed that it is positioned for the inspection, registration and regulation of the drug manufacturing process, and not for the research results.
“The stage of this (the solution) has not yet reached mass production, so I have approached the Local Government of South Ijaw and the Government of Bayelsa to help me draw the attention of the relevant authorities to let them analyze my solution.
“I am very sure that my solution is effective and I have even administered it and it is not toxic at all.”
He told NAN that the solution had four components that made up the therapy that he was ready to produce for validation and testing.
“The solution I have developed is effective for prevention and cure, and by using it, I am not afraid of COVID-19.
“Mine is a combination therapy given by injection, and the samples I produced are still available.
“The process has been documented in a scientific format; all that remains is to mass produce the documentation that includes the formulas and dosing modules, “said Keniyinbo.
He said he was being hampered by his inability to get approvals for the trials, stating that he would have gone a long way if the scientific validation process had taken off when he formulated the remedy in February.
Keniyinbo told NAN that indigenous scientists from outside the medical science field faced obstacles in submitting their remedies for evaluation and validation.
He noted that the research required a lot of capital and called on the three levels of government to provide grants to scientists with perspectives and to encourage collaboration among indigenous scientists.