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Development of a New Anti-TB Drug by a Ph.d. Student of Uniilorin

Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!

A Nigerian student has not seized to put on the torchlight to discovery. Just recently a Ph.D. student; Mistura Arowona of the chemistry department, UNIILORIN has burst another bubble in the world of discovery.

She was said to have developed a drug which is reliable for the treatment of the wide-spreading tuberculosis disease. Mistura who is currently undergoing a sandwich fellowship at the faculty of Science of the Maharaja Sayajirao University Vadodara, India was supervised by Prof. Joshua Obaleye in the course of the research.

The development of the new TB drug by Mistura is a saviour of its kind, because in 2017 Nigeria emergence as the seventh among 30 high burden countries and the next to the first TB burden countries in Africa…Sad right?

The unique aspect of Mistura’s TB drug is that it has a metal attached which improves the efficiency of the anti TB drugs compared to other existing drugs consumed globally. Historically it’s been proven according to UNIILORIN bulletin that when a metal is attached with pharmaceutical the efficiency of the drug increases

An India Professor of chemistry; Prof Rajendrasonh Jadeja stated that the Nigerian scholar used metals like ion, Cobalt, Copper, and Zinc to prepare metallodrugs, and also pointed the fact that there are no metal-based anti TB drugs available for purchase. Surprisingly, about 407,000 people are reported to have TB on a yearly basis that makes Mistura’s discovery a commendable one

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