“I spent four decades of my life thinking how to treat patients with the Ebola virus. So this is the achievement of my life,” Dr Jean-Jacques Muyembe, who with his team of researchers, has discovered a new Ebola treatment that can cure symptoms in just an hour told the BBC .
Four drugs were recently trialled on patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where Ebola has killed nearly 1,900 people over the past year.
It was discovered that more than 90% of infected people can survive if treated early with the latest experimental drugs
On Tuesday, two people cured of Ebola using the experimental drugs were released from a treatment centre in Goma, DR Congo, and reunited with their families.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), two other treatments, called ZMapp and Remdesivir, which were used during the massive Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, have been dropped from trials as the new experimental drugs were most effective.
The trial in the DRC, which started in November, has now been stopped while all Ebola treatment units have been asked to use the two experimental or monoclonal antibody drugs.
“From now on, we will no longer say that Ebola is incurable,”
said Dr Muyembe, who is the director general of Congo’s National Institute for Biomedical Research, which has overseen the trial. “These advances will help save thousands of lives.”