Monday, 08 October 2012 23:02(JollofNews) – President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia has insisted that he has what it takes to cure people living with the deadly HIV/Aids virus.
Mr Jammeh who shocked the world five years ago when he announced that he has found a cure for the world’s number one killer disease, said his herbal medicines which includes a concoction of green paste, bitter drink and bananas is genuine and effective in treating HIV/Aids.
The treatment involves several herbal cream applied and consumed over a number of weeks and prayer from the Qur’an. His patients have to renounce alcohol, tea, coffee, theft and sex for the duration of their treatment.
The patients are also advised to stop taking the anti-viral medication for his herbal treatments to take full effect. Jammeh's healing powers for HIV/Aids which he claimed to have been given to him in a dream by his ancestors are only available to him on Thursdays.
Addressing 68 HIV/Aids patients he claimed to have cured last weekend, Mr Jammeh said: “The objective of my medication is to get rid of the virus that the patients are infected with and I have made it very clear since the start of my treatment programme. Five years ago, the West were saying that it would take 25 years to get a cure for HIV/Aids but two years after I started the treatment, when we posted the results on the Internet, some people also claimed to have the cure for HIV/Aids and their medicines also eliminate the virus from the patients’ body. And today I have no doubt if I face any HIV/Aids patient in critical condition, I can assure you that by the grace of Almighty Allah he would walk and go about his business as normal.”
International medical organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UN System in the Gambia have expressed concern and caution over the use of scientifically unproven traditional medicines by the president as a cure for HIV/Aids.
They say the President's claims will bring false hope to the country’s HIV/Aids patients.
However, Mr Jammeh still remains defiant insisting that his treatment which is offered to patients free of charge is effective and cures people from the deadly disease.
“Those who said that HIV/AIDS is not curable may be right because if you don't know God and you believe that you descended from frog and you are not created by the Almighty Allah or you came to this world through evolution then you would not know that anything that happens in this world good or bad, Allah knows about it and has solutions about it. There is no disease that the Almighty Allah doesn't know about and there is no disease without a cure,” he said
Mr Jammeh added: “As far as HIV is concerned, nobody can claim to know everything about it. The more you treat HIV/AIDS, the more you learn about it. I am not talking about those so-called professors who sit in the laboratory and call themselves HIV/AIDS experts when they don't know anything about HIV/Aids.”
He added that his government have now realised the effectiveness of traditional African medicines and intends to integrate them to all health centres and hospitals around the country
“Our salvation is when we go back to our natural pharmacists; we will use western medicine as complementary to natural African medicine. In my treatment where my medicine cannot treat any disease, no western medicine can cure it,” he said.
Written by PK Jarju
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