Zimbabwe’s health ministry says it has not approved a herbal
drug that the country’s well-known prophet claims is a cure for HIV and Aids.
Walter Magaya, who heads the Prophetic Healing and
Deliverance Ministries, said on Sunday he and Indian counterparts had developed
the herbal remedy named Aguma.
But in a statement on Monday the health ministry
said: “Herbal medicines now require approval by the Medicines Control
Authority of Zimbabwe and the product has not yet been submitted for review and
Magaya announced after a church service in Harare that the
drug was a supplement that could boost immunity and cure HIV, according the
“I have tested Aguma fully on human beings and in 14 days
they have been cured,” Magaya was quoted as saying.
“I was offered $56 million by an American company for me
to show them the Aguma plant, I turned them down,” he added.
The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights called
on Magaya – who also said his Aguma herbs could cure cancer – to take back his
“Such unverified claims have the potential to increase the
number of Anti Retroviral Therapy defaulters, increased risky behaviour
practices and exposure to potentially harmful side effects of the herbs,” the
group said in a statement.
NewsDay reports that on Sunday Magaya told followers that he
had asked God to lead him to “something that can help many. He showed me a
tree, he showed me my counterparts in India. We have tested it and found out
that it works.”
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Publish date : 2018-10-30 06:02:24