WHO trashes Ma­gaya HIV cure claim

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“We wish to ad­vise rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties that Press state­ments alone are not enough to re­store san­ity on this sub­ject. We say so be­cause such Press state­ments may not reach all the peo­ple. Mr Ma­gaya should be asked to pub­licly re­verse and re­tract his ut­ter­ances in the man­ner that he first an­nounced the sub­ject,” said ZHDA spokesper­son Dr Mx­olisi Ng­wenya. “Un­til such a time that the ro­bust and rig­or­ous re­search is done, with enough med­i­cal clear­ance and ver­i­fi­ca­tion through an­i­mal stud­ies, Mr Ma­gaya’s new drug should be quar­an­tined and iso­lated from hu­mans. Life is too pre­cious. We en­cour­age all clients to ad­here to all their med­i­ca­tion as per doc­tor’s pre­scrip­tion,” he said.

The only hu­man who was cured of HIV is Mr Ti­mothy Ray Brown who un­der­went a bone mar­row stem cell trans­plant in 2007. Mr Brown’s pro­ce­dure al­most cost him his life twice and sci­en­tists the world over are closely mon­i­tor­ing a rare ge­netic mu­ta­tion in the per­son who do­nated bone mar­row to Mr Brown which may have had a cen­tral role in his cure to for­mu­late a cure for HIV.

The Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal So­ci­ety of Zim­babwe weighed in say­ing Zim­babwe has made great strides to­wards re­duc­ing new HIV in­fec­tions, re­duc­ing HIV preva­lence, preven­tion of mother to child trans­mis­sions and pro­mot­ing safe and re­spon­si­ble health seek­ing be­hav­iour and the med­i­cal claims (on HIV cure) have a po­ten­tial to re­verse the hard earned gains aimed at the even­tual erad­i­ca­tion of the dis­ease. “Given this back­ground PSZ would like to cau­tion opin­ion lead­ers to de­sist from mis­lead­ing the pub­lic with un­sub­stan­ti­ated claims. We call for re­spon­si­ble lead­er­ship and fol­low­ing of due pro­cesses nec­es­sary for any in­no­va­tion within the med­i­cal fra­ter­nity,” said the PSZ in a state­ment. — @thamamoe @Aux­il­iaK

Prophet Wal­ter Ma­gaya

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