President of an African Nation Claims Herbal Cure for AIDS, Experts Skeptical

by VR Sreeraman on  March 18, 2007 at 12:07 PM AIDS/HIV News
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President of an African Nation Claims Herbal Cure for AIDS, Experts Skeptical
Mr.Yahya Jammeh, the president of Gambia, a very small western African nation, says he has discovered a cure for AIDS.

He has no medical degree and claims the treatment was revealed to him in a dream by his ancestors.

But the country's own health officials are worried that the president could be bringing false hopes to over 20,000 HIV/AIDS patients of Gambia.

International agencies working on the AIDS front are calling for scientific tests on the herbal medicine of the President. But he won't relent and his cure is being administered across the country.

The raging controversy has resulted in the expulsion of UN envoy Fadzai Gwaradzimba from Gambia.

She had wanted the usual anti-retroviral treatment to continue for Gambians till the President's cure was properly authenticated by experts.

The U.N. Development Program and the World Health Organization have backed the envoy's remarks.

Correspondents who have visited the country describe the President's prescription as "a murky brown concoction of seven herbs and spices." They also report many patients claimed satisfactory results after consuming the medicine.

President Yahya Jammeh, 41, is a former army colonel and has no formal medical training. He wears white robes and carries a copy of the Quran with him.

Muslims constitute more than 90 per cent of the population of the country. Gambian Health Minister Tamsim Mbowe is a trained physician with multiple medical degrees. But he defends the president's herbal cure.

"I can swear, 100 percent, that this herbal medication His Excellency is using is working. It has the potency to treat and cure patients infected with the HIV-virus," he has said.

But so far Gambia has refused to allow the medicine to be tested in any laboratory.

Source: Medindia

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I think the guy is bogus. The reason there is no cure or vaccine for AIDS/HIV yet is because it is such a complex virus. You may be able to cure the symptoms of AIDS, but you can't get rid of the virus, and as soon as they stop taking his "medicine" the symptoms will come back. If anybody is going to come up with a cure, it is going to be a scientist who has probably been researching and studying it for years.


Why are we making such a big fuss about this simple matter?The President can give treatment to a very limited number of patients who are willing to take his kind of treatment.Use them as control for the rest of the patients taking conventional treatment.We can evaluate the results clinically,as well as laboratory methods.Instead of taking confrontational stance,set the example of the Win-Win situation as a practical step.


May be the president is right. You see, till now no scientist could come up with new medicine to cure AIDS, who knows god has transfered into him in and might have given him the instruction. We should not blame and mock him. Yes sometimes i do feel that he is just playing over the lives of a people, but sometimes you also think in otherway. What i suggest is let him do the thing, i am not saying he is right, rather give him a chance to prove.


President Yahya Jammeh is playing with the lives of people who need real medical assistance not his gimmick. He should focus on getting The Gambia out of the economic basement and leave the cure of sick patients to the experts. Jammeh, please stop giving false hope to your people. You're doing more harm than good. (Comment has been edited as per medindia policies not to include objectionable material)

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