By Marcus Mushonga
Harare — ZIMBABWEANS on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment have been urged to continue with prescribed medication and disregard claims by a controversial church leader that he has discovered a cure for HIV and AIDS.
The Southern African country has been in a frenzy in recent days after self-proclaimed prophet, Walter Magaya, made the startling claim.
The Prophetic Healing and Deliverance ministry (PHD) founder told congregants a local herb called Aguma was the cure.
Magaya (aged 35) claimed to be working with government to run some laboratory tests as well as seeking the approval of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to approve the “cure.”
WHO has however dismissed such claims by the extravagant churchman.
“There is no cure for HIV infection,” Dr Alex Gasasira, WHO representative to Zimbabwe, asserted.
Gasasira thus urged Zimbabweans not to default from prescribed ARV treatment.
United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) estimates that Zimbabwe has over 1,3 million people living with HIV/AIDS. Over 1,1 are on ARV treatment.
“Effective 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,” Gasasira assured.
UN has meanwhile pledged to support Zimbabwe achieve the commitment to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.