Govt Expresses Concern Over Magaya’s Claims Of HIV Cure, Says It Has No Record Of Drug Being Tested In Zim

The government through the Ministry of Health and Child Care has said that it has no record that the alleged cure for HIV/Aids which was announced by Prophet Walter Magaya ever went for any clinical trials. We publish the statement below,

The Ministry of Health and Child Care noted with concern the claims made in the media on Sunday 28 October 2018 regarding the discovery of a cure for HIV and AIDS.

The Ministry would like to advise the public that there are processes and procedures that new medicines should go through before they are recognized as effective and safe for use by patients. Medicines go through rigorous tests, including clinical trials, which involve use of the product under strict medical supervision. This is done prior to registration, and the results are submitted to the Medicines Regulator as evidence of the effectiveness of the medicines. If the clinical trials are performed within the country these trials are authorised by the Secretary for Health and Child Care. This is to ensure that patients receive safe, effective and reliable medicines.

Neither the medicines register, nor the register of clinical trials kept by the Ministry has a record of the cited medicine. Herbal medicines now require approval by the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe and the product has not yet been submitted for review and assessment.

The Ministry strongly urges all clients on treatment for HIV and AIDS to continue on their prescribed medication. Any form of discontinuation or switch made without the guidance of medical professionals may lead to adverse consequences on theft health status. The available medicines have been proven to be safe and effective for the treatment of HIV and AIDS. They have been robust in lowering the HIV virus, as well as prolonging lives and livelihoods have improved in a remarkable way.

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