Management of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, (UNIZIK); Anambra State has dismissed Dean; Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Professor Ikemefuna Uzochukwu; over alleged discovery of drug for COVID-19 cure at the institution.
However, the university management admitted that although a team of researchers had embarked on the process of drug; development for coronavirus,
No drug has been developed yet contrary to insinuations that the university had discovered a cure for the pandemic.
Also, according to the Acting Head, Information and Public Relations Unit of the institution; Mrs. Chika Gladys Ene; it became necessary to set the records straight over the alleged discovery of COVID-19 drug credited to it.
One of the research groups in the university that specialises in computer-aided drug discovery identified a target on the virus using computer simulation. It also identified compounds that can possibly attack the target.
All these were done in silico (inside the computer). No wet laboratory experiment has been carried out to confirm that what was seen in the computer is possible in real life.
In other words, the result is yet to get into the first stage of drug discovery process and neither preclinical, nor clinical trials have been carried out.
Hence, we cannot say that a cure has been found, but there is an on-going research for the discovery of a cure. Notwithstanding, our team of researchers are committed to the progress of its development.