WHO Replies Zimbabwean Preacher Who Claimed To Have Cure For HIV

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He added that any new drug should go through clinical trials to be rigorously evaluated and to determine whether they are safe and effective in the prevention or treatment of any ailments.

"Zimbabwe appreciates new discoveries but we want them to go through scientifically proven processes and these processes are what we are following now".

The State alleges Magaya further made a claim on Aretha Medical website, www.arethamedical.com that his Aguma medicine could cure HIV, Aids and other cancer-related diseases.

Government also feared Magaya's claims could push those surviving on life prolonging ARV drugs to abandon the therapy with a false belief there was a more substantive solution to the condition.

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He urged people living with HIV and Aids to continue taking their antiretroviral drugs. "Any form of discontinuation or switch made without the guidance of medical professionals may lead to adverse consequences on their health status", said Minister Mutsvangwa.

"I can confirm police this evening raided Prophet Walter Magaya offices to recover samples of his Aguma medicine, which he claims cures HIV".

Local media The HERALD quotes police spokesperson Paul Nyathi as saying that the prophet "is assisting police with investigations".

He said the ZRP was acting within their mandate.

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This happened after Magaya was arrested on Thursday - moments after the charismatic preacher had appeared at a press conference in Harare with Health minister Obadiah Moyo, where he apologised profusely for making the much-criticised claim that he had discovered a cure for HIV/Aids, through a herbal mix called Aguma.

Police spokesperson Chief Superintended Paul Nyathi confirmed the raid saying: "I can confirm that Magaya is assisting police with investigations in connection with enquiries the ZRP is now conducting". "Health experts say there is no cure yet", he said.

Magaya's supporters waited for him outside the court and as he exited, he briefly laid hands on them, as they mobbed him, pleading to be blessed, the report said.

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