By Staff Reporter
THE United Nations (UN) has dismissed charismatic prophet Walter Magaya’s claims he has discovered a cure for HIV/Aids, insisting there was no cure for the condition.
“There is no cure for HIV infection,” said WHO Representative to Zimbabwe Alex Gasasira (pictured), adding, “However, effective antiretroviral (ARV) drugs can control the virus and help prevent transmission so that people with HIV, and those at substantial risk, can enjoy healthy, long and productive lives.”
Magaya told a group of local and international journalists at his Harare church on Sunday that he had finally found the much elusive scientific solution to HIV.
The charismatic preacher said the cure was in the form of a locally available herb he called AGUMA which he said could heal an HIV positive person within 14 days.
In subsequent interviews with the media, the prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries founder said he was prepared to launch his cure outside the country if Zimbabwean authorities doubted his claims.
But in a press release Wednesday, WHO said there was not known cure for HIV.
“The United Nations wish to reaffirm that 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,” said the world body.
WHO also urged Zimbabwean researchers involved in developing possible new treatments for any ailments, including HIV and AIDS to be guided by the Ministry of Health and Child Care’s national clinical trial processes and procedures in testing new medical inventions.
“The United Nations in Zimbabwe wishes to remind and encourage any researchers involved in developing possible new treatments for any ailments, including HIV and AIDS to subject these to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC) national clinical trial processes and procedures.
“The United Nations wishes to reiterate guidance provided by MOHCC to all clients on antiretroviral treatment for HIV and AIDS to continue their prescribed medication,” said the UN.
Following Magaya’s claims of discovering a cure for HIV, Zimbabwean authorities have taken a cautious approach while urging locals living with HIV to continue taking their anti-retroviral drugs until there were other proven solutions for the ailment.