W.H.O debunks ‘cure for AIDS’ claim in Zimbabwe

Henrietta Strickland
November 5, 2018

The raid comes after prophet Magaya during this week's Sunday service announced to his congregation that he had discovered a cure for Aids.

Aguma is the herb which Magaya said he was shown by God two years ago.

Government on Monday, however, dismissed the claims saying prophet Magaya had not yet submitted Aguma for review and assessment as a herbal supplement and people should not buy medicines from unapproved and unlicensed persons.

"Relevant authorities are urgently looking into the claims".

This was after a warrant of search and seizure was issued at the Harare provincial magistrate's court Wednesday with police later conducting a raid at his Malborough property to seize unregistered prescription preparatory medicines, drug manufacturing, packaging machines and drug manufacturing raw materials. This led to his arrest on Thursday, after he had just apologised to authorities and the nation for announcing the discovery of Aguma.

"As ZADHR, we give you notice to take remedial action within seven calendar days of this notice by withdrawing all products that purport, claim or infer that they cure HIV and Aids from the market forthwith and making a public statement that withdraws your initial claim to have found a cure for HIV. For me to come and apologise, it is a sign of regret that I rushed the announcement", Magaya said.

Gasasira said use of antiretroviral treatment, in line with national guidelines, has resulted in better health outcomes for people living with HIV and encouraged people to continue taking their medication.

In a letter to Magaya, ZADHR chairperson Brighton Chizhande told the cleric that his actions are in contravention of the Medicines and Allied Substance Act (Section15:03) and Part 3, Section 32 of the Public Health Act.

The World Health Organization has debunked claims by a Christian preacher in Zimbabwe that he has cure for HIV/AIDS. The claims set off a wave of criticism as health professionals and rights groups said his revelations had the potential of destabilising the anti-retroviral treatment (ART) programme, which now has millions of patients on treatment.

World Health Organization representative in the country, Dr Alex Gasaira, explicity said "there is no cure for HIV infection". The testing strategy is part of the government's efforts to achieve the 90-90-90 target - which seeks to have 90 percent of all people with HIV know their status, 90 percent of diagnosed people being on treatment, and 90 percent of those on treatment having suppressed levels of the virus in their bodies by 2020. "Health experts say there is no cure yet", he said.

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