HARARE – Following Prophet Magaya’s recent claim to have found the cure for cancer and HIV, the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) has issued a cautionary statement.
The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) takes great exception to the recent claims by Prophet W Magaya that he has found a cure for HIV and AIDS. ZADHR acknowledges the prophet’s right to freedom of worship and his entitlements to his beliefs.
However, it is the conviction of ZADHR that any claims to cure HIV must only be made in the presence of irrefutable scientific evidence that is obtained through proper and ethical research methodologies.
Such unverified claims have the potential to increase the number of Anti Retroviral Therapy defaulters, increased risky behaviour practices and exposure to potentially harmful side effects of the herbs.
Magaya must stop
ZADHR calls upon: Prophet Magaya to publicly reverse his claims that he had a cure for HIV and AIDS as there is no empirical research that proves his claims.
The Minister of Health Dr Obidiah Moyo to publicly censure Prophet Magaya and also institute an investigation into the safety of the herbs he is claiming to have.
The National AIDS Council and all other HIV related civil society groups to warn the public in the potential disastrous effects of these unverified claims.
Provision of accurate health information is a key pillar of the constitutionally enshrined right to health and ZADHR is saddened by this incident.
Walter Magaya, a self-proclaimed Zimbabwean prophet and doctor, claims that he has found a cure for HIV/AIDS – and that his cure is scientifically proven.
Magaya, from the Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries, told his congregation on Sunday that the cure can be found by mixing two plants, one called Aguma which is found in Zimbabwe and another plant which is found in Mozambique, Zimbabwe’s Pindula News reported.
“God has given me a revelation, we tested it and it’s perfect. God showed me a certain tree and certain people. We have found the cure for HIV and Aids,” said Magaya.
“Right now, my team is working on dosages for the different strains of HIV.
“It has been my dream to help believers and non-believers. I have been hiding this secret after I found it two years ago because I wanted it to be chemically proven, scientifically proven.”
The self-claimed doctor added that his main ambition was finding a cure for HIV and cancer.
“Components of our plant starves cancer cells. Chemicals in Aguma are enough to make your immune system strong so that it can fight any foreign invasion,” he explained before adding that he realised the world would dismiss his discovery – until they eventually agreed with him.
To prove his assertions Magaya said he had tested his potion on a number of HIV positive patients who had subsequently proved free of the virus.
“At this stage, we’re 100 per cent organic because we find that there’s no side effect. We’re mixing plants from here in Zimbabwe another one from Mozambique,” he explained.
“The government is free to summon our own research board and test this medicine for themselves. As for me, I’ve my own testimonies but people will listen to a minister rather than a mere prophet.”
Magaya said he has formed a company he named Aretha Medical, which he said involved “some Indian partners”.
However, there has been no independent confirmation from any reputable medical establishment that Magaya’s concoction is, in fact, a cure for HIV/AIDS.