Friday, 18 January, 2019

Zimbabwe Cleric Apologises For HIV Cure Claims

Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi
Gustavo Carr | 05 November, 2018, 13:48

Controversial preacher Walter Magaya on Thursday retracted his claim that he had found a cure for HIV as he agreed to bankroll clinical trials of a herb he claims can remove all traces of the virus within 14 days.

The UN Health made the reaffirmation after a local preacher in Zimbabwe reportedly claimed that he had received divine revelation of a herbal cure. "Prophet Magaya's medications are not yet approved", said Dr Moyo.

Prophet Magaya said, "We have engaged the Ministry".

"I spoke before I looked into authorities regulations".

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On October 31, police obtained a warrant of search and seizure at the Harare Magistrates' Court and raided Magaya's church premises and allegedly recovered unregistered prescription preparatory medicines, drug manufacturing, packaging machines and drug manufacturing raw materials and 20 bags containing empty capsules, plastic containers and plastic container lids.

"At the same time, I carry a very important apology to the ministry, to the public at large and all organisations", he said. Having carried the research from outside the country, I went on to announce the results unprocedurally. I apologize once again. Earlier on Sunday, Magaya had told thousands of his congregants that Aguma could cure both HIV/Aids and cancer - adding that the government was ready to support him.

UNAIDS says it is supporting Zimbabwe in its fight to stamp out HIV and AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, starting with informing citizens of their status and working to suppress infection through treatment.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reaffirmed that there is "no cure" for HIV, even as it urged people living with HIV/AIDS to continue with Anti-Retroviral (ARV) therapy to manage their infections. Zimbabwe has an HIV prevalence rate of 13,7 percent according to 2016 national estimates. It was also established that neither accused (2) nor Aretha Medical company were authorised by Health Professions Authority to carry out Clinical tests on any human being to prove that Aguma can cure the aforementioned diseases thereby committing an offence.