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‘Abalaka case still at S’Court’

The Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria has said that it has an ongoing case against a surgeon, Jeremiah Abalaka of Medicrest Specialist Hospital Limited, Gwagwalada, at the Supreme Court over his claim to have discovered a vaccine that could cure HIV/AIDS.

A   32-page judgment of the Federal High Court in Makurdi, Benue State, presided over by Justice Binta Nyako, which was made available to journalists during a press briefing by Abalaka, had nullified and voided the ban placed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration on the use of the HIV/AIDS vaccine discovered by Abalaka.

But the Chairman of MDCN, Prof. Jonathan Azubuike, during a media briefing on Monday on the inauguration of the North-Central zonal office of the council in Ilorin,   said the council’s case against Abalaka was still ongoing at the Supreme Court.

He however said that he would not comment further on the matter because it would be subjudicial to do so.

He said, “If you look at the record of our plenary session, some months ago, we had a meeting on the cases we have before the Appeal Court and the Supreme Court. The last meeting we had was on November 23, 2014; under Abalaka, the case is still in the Supreme Court. That is all we have in our minutes. If it is in court, we are a law-abiding people, we cannot comment further on that.”

Azubuike said the council was working hard to review the Act establishing the MDCN.

He stated that the council was not against information on services of health institutions, adding that it was rather compiling various components of medical care and institutions in Nigeria that could assist to render such care to patients.

According to him, this will afford people the knowledge of where to access medi-care of their particular ailment or that of their acquaintances.

He, however, said the council was not in support of hospitals advertising a particular doctor and his medical claims.

He also said that the MDCN had responsibility to regulate alternative medicine, adding that the council had already co-opted the alternative medicine practitioners into its board.

Azubuike said, “We have decided to devote one day to alternative medicine in our next session so that we can learn about it. Our focus is on alternative medicine and not on trado-medicine.”

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