Over the years there have been many claims to cure HIV and AIDS. There were the famous African potatoes, mocrea, Epikaizo, Ngoka, Moringa, and recently the most controversial Aguma. All this made the debate quite distinct before they faded, along with their founders, who were quietly forgotten.
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The XX. At the beginning of the century, former Liberty Warrior Richard Ngwenya, who claimed to have studied herbs in the former Soviet Union, Mexico and the United States, claimed to have found natural drugs that would reverse the symptoms of HIV and AIDS.
He is renowned for transforming the dairy farm into plant plantation for the cultivation of various crops that he claimed to treat chronic diseases such as HIV / AIDS, asthma, diabetes, ulcers, arthritis, meningitis and cancer.
Ngwenya claimed that HIV could be treated but claimed that bad information, bad treatment, fake hygiene, and bad nutrition were one of the causes of ongoing illnesses.
Antiretrovirals, according to Ngwenya, have caused clotting and therefore did not help much. According to Ngwenya, the answer was to sour the organism because mushrooms caused high acidity in the body.
"Avoid milk, yeast, and high acid foods so that the body's pH range is between 7.6 and 7.8," he said.
Ngwenya was the first person to carry a Chinese herbal palliative in the Mocreas (Tai Sheng). Timothy Stamped's health minister was abused to allow her to start her clinical trials. It never happened and finally registered as a herb, it gave permission to distribute herbs and herbs.
Mocrea was sold for $ 200, equivalent to $ 30. This amount was almost half of an average worker's salary.
Over the years, however, Ngwenya went to the James Mobb Immunity Enhancement Center next to the radar. The impressive facility was along the Josiah Chinamano Avenue in the then avenues of the Avenues.
An American author, David Simmons, later wrote a book on the modernization of medicines in Zimbabwe: the epic clinical visit of HIV / AIDS and traditional healers.
"The James Mobb Immune Enhancement Clinic is a large, handsome, white building set up by a shady street in a large enclosed courtyard by the Avenues with a tree-shaded wood. I was amazed with the stained-glass windows of the beautiful carved wooden doors.
But the visit to the site this week was completely contrary to the description of Simmons.
The building is now in ruins, the white paint lays on ugly pieces. The gate swinging uncertainly on its strap and the back yard is a major disturbance.
Still, what was a garage, there is now a "kitchen" for food distributors. An elderly woman occupies her pots and clients are already filling the smoky space. When asked about the whereabouts of "Dr Ngwenya", he says the details from the gate are in the letter box.
It's true that the rusty box has a big piece of paper with Eastlea and a phone number. The note had seen better days and was faded with dozens of fingerprints.
When you call the number, a nice woman's voice responds to the phone and ask the question about the whereabouts of Ngwenya in Holland, says she is in India.
Healthcare professionals who spoke of these HIV-related claims said they were worried about patients who did not meet ARV medications.
"False allegations can reverse the huge gains achieved by Zimbabwe not only in reducing new HIV infections, but also in reducing AIDS-related deaths," said Itai Rusike, the Health Community Working Group.
Last week, Walter Magaya, the founder of the ministries of Prophetic Healing and Throat (PHD), claimed to have found HIV – a herbal drug called Aguma.
Human rights practitioners threatened to sue if Magaya did not withdraw his statement and activists urged people taking antiretroviral drugs not to attack these allegations and continue taking their drugs. Magaya was pushing under mounting pressure, retracted her statements, and apologized in the process.
Last Friday, he was arrested and sentenced to court. The need for another fame has dropped, but Magaya probably will not be the last such "miracle" aids to cure the explorers.
"Walter Magaya's claim is not the first thing that fake prophets, conmen and traditional healers have falsely fought," Rusike said, adding that even Benjamin Burombo's fans supported the Aids cure, but that's nothing.
Citizens Health Watch Fungisayi Dube said the fight against HIV was too long, and "the desperation that became HIV positive could neglect many people for those who promise to live without viruses."
Another plant that turned out to be just a fab was Epikaizo (which is obviously the shadow of God). They claimed to have blocked and abolished the viral antigen. The Standard visited the offices of herbal distributors, Alternative Medicines Pharmaceuticals (AlMed Pharm), in the suburb of Harare Greendale.
The "wonders" cost $ 120 for a month.
"After a full-time treatment, an HIV-positive person gives a negative result and this condition is referred to as" remission "," read the information section.
However, the regulatory body said that Almed had sold the drug for the first time with the promotion of the weapon, without going through the usual test procedures.
"Handling literacy is an option and opening up research, making it easy for people to create ideas and innovations on board." Make a decent room for testing so people can not feel closed, "Dube said.
He also suggested creating laboratories to provide more opportunities for clinical trials. "We need to stop the field of medicine by opening up space," he said.
Rusike urged the government to remain committed to ensuring that people with HIV and AIDS have access to social services. He also said that an intensive information, education and communication campaign to tackle HIV and AIDS, involving all sectors, should be initiated.
"There is no cure for AIDS yet, and when a powerful and influential person says otherwise, human health is in danger," Rusike said.
According to Richard Rukwata, head of the licensing and executive department of the Zimbabwe Drug Inspection Authority (MCAZ), the biggest challenge was that people in Zimbabwe were too craved to try anything out of any kind of cure.
"Unfortunately, there are many such losses in these practices. There are many cases of renal failure due to the toxicity of unapproved herbal preparations and, unfortunately, if they get worse, these patients are in hospitals, but in some cases too late as kidney damage is often irreversible fatal, "he said.
According to Rukwata, in the process of approving supplemental medicines, the application had to be submitted with the necessary evidence required by the relevant legislation.
"Samples of the product must also be provided, which are analyzed by the authorities' laboratories depending on the content," he said. "Only when all such procedures are followed and the authority is satisfied that the product is not harmful and that it will be of high quality to permit the marketing of the supplementary medicinal product."
Registration processes for products that cure some sort of circumstance are very strict. Any product that requires medication is subject to strict review and analytical procedures that require extensive clinical data to demonstrate efficacy. Consequently, such products are not listed as an additive, but as allopathic medicinal products.
"It's important to note that the current regulatory framework for supplemental medicines does not allow statements to be made because there is no need for efficacy data for such products," said Rukwata.
Rukwata has so far claimed that there is no herbal preparation for the treatment of HIV-approved HIV.