In a breaking news story this morning out of Liberia, Dr. Gobee Logan is singing the praises of an anti-HIV medication he’s using on Ebola patients with remarkable success. Former President Bill Clinton’s foundation (CHAI) has been instrumental in getting these very medications into low and middle income countries since 2002, including Liberia.
In treating his Ebola patients Dr. Logan said he is “fighting the war with what he has” and what he has is a good supply of lamivudine, a tried and proven anti-HIV medication. This very medication is currently treating some eight million HIV/AIDS patients around the world.
Ebola hit the international spotlight in August when two Americans, treating Ebola patients in Africa, contracted the disease themselves. Since 70 percent of those who get Ebola die, the medical community pulled out all the stops at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta where both patients were transported for care.
Besides containment and treatment of the deadly virus, the experimental drug TKM-Ebola was administered for both patients. Now FDA approved, TKM-Ebola was successful but still largely unavailable for the masses.
Dr. Gobee Logan had no access to that experimental medication for his Ebola patients. But his shelves were stocked with lamivudine, largely made available through NGOs like the Clinton Health Access Initiative.
According to CNN, Dr. Logan said he got the idea to try lamivudine when he read in scientific journals that HIV and Ebola replicate inside the body in much the same way. Of the 15 Ebola patients he treated with lamivudine, twelve have survived; an astounding success rate.
HIV/AIDS treatments once costing over $10,000 per person per year have been reduced to as low as $100 per year in many countries thanks to former President Bill Clinton’s foundation and his extraordinary ability to raise funds for this and other causes.
President Obama has pledged assistance from the United States military in the fight against Ebola. Fifteen Navy Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Batallion-133 traveled to Monrovia, Liberia, Sept. 23, to provide engineering support to Operation UNITED ASSISTANCE. They will be conducting site surveys for projects such as hospitals, supply storage and training facilities for healthcare workers fighting the Ebola outbreak.
Left unchecked, Ebola is estimated to kill over one-million people by the end of this year.
The National Military Examiner publishes military and law enforcement-related content on this site and here on Facebook. “Like” the page for additional news from around the globe.
Please email me at email@example.com if you find errors with content information or spelling. Thanks for reading and thanks for supporting the troops.