Monday, 10 December, 2018

Zimbabwe pastor retracts HIV-cure claim

Zimbabwe pastor retracts HIV-cure claim. /AGENCIES Zimbabwe pastor retracts HIV-cure claim. /AGENCIES
Celia Hoffman | 05 November, 2018, 13:47

Police raided Magaya's Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries property on Edinburg Road in Marlbrough suburb and found drug-making machines, packaging machines and what police listed as "prescription preparatory medicines".

At a press conference with Minister of Health Obadiah Moyo, Magaya said he was now going to undertake clinical trials for his product.

Magaya was on Friday granted $300 bail coupled with some reporting conditions. His next court date is 26 November.

World Health Organization denounced the claim of the prophet, saying there is no cure for HIV/AIDS yet.

He further made claims on Aretha medical website (www.arethamedical.com) and that Aretha medical and himself were the manufacturers of the Aguma medicine which he claimed can cure above mentioned diseases. Verifications had subsequently been sought through the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe, which revealed that Aguma was not a registered medicine or drug in the country.

Aretha Medical, the company behind the production, marketing and sale of Aguma, was also not authorised to carry out any clinical tests on human beings to prove that Aguma can cure HIV. On Tuesday, the government had warned the popular preacher that he risked being arrested if he went ahead and sold his controversial herbal offering without regulatory approval.

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

"Relevant authorities are urgently looking into the claims".

"I have been praying for it, and I have been concentrating on it, but I want to assure you, the world may deny it, but they will eventually agree, because you can not fight with facts and win". Having carried the research outside the country (in India), I went on to announce the results unprocedurally.

He urged people living with HIV and Aids to continue taking their antiretroviral drugs. 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.

In a statement, World Health Organization representative to Zimbabwe Alex Gasasira said to date, there is no known and proven cure for HIV infection, but effective treatment exists to manage the infection through antiretroviral therapy and drugs.

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