The Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, has said that dozens of HIV and AIDS patients in his country have been cured using his secret concoction of boiled herbs. Jammeh had first announced he had found a natural remedy to cure HIV and AIDS in 2007, stirring anger among Western medical experts who claimed he was giving false hope to the sick.
In response to his critics in a state television broadcast on Sunday evening, the president had said “Who am I to expect that everybody would praise me?’’ He further announced that 68 patients had been cured and discharged from a treatment centre. “Just as the Prophet Mohammed prevailed and established Islam, I have also prevailed to cure HIV/AIDS to the point that 68 are being discharged today.’
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation and the UN have said Jammeh’s HIV/AIDS treatment is alarming, because patients are required to cease their anti-retroviral drugs making them more prone to infection. But the president said the cured group was the seventh batch of HIV/AIDS patients undergoing his herbal remedy to have been discharged since the treatments began five years ago.
Having came to power in The Gambia in a bloodless military coup in 1994, Jammeh said on Sunday that his government would fully integrate “natural medicine’’ to all the country’s hospitals, to complement Western medical techniques.