- The Gambia's President, Yahya Jammeh, continues to attract more world attention after he had publicly announced that he personally discovered a cure for HIV/AIDS. Although his pronouncements had caused a lot of controversy in the world, Mr Jammeh is poised to ride on with his cure sessions.
According to a release issued by the Health Ministry in Banjul, laboratory tests at Hospital le Dantec in Senegal showed that nine of the patients who have been diagnosed as carrying HIV 1 and 2 before President Jammeh cured them with herbs and Quranic verses, are now without the viral plasma or in very weak quantities.
The Gambia's Health Minister, Dr Tamsir Mbowe, confirmed that Mr Jammeh is scoring credits in the treatment of asthma as well because out of 135 treated people, 101 have been responding well to the treatment. After the news broke out, 401 asthmatic patients last Saturday stormed the state house in Banjul for treatment.
While many people doubt President Jammeh's claims of making a breakthrough in the treatment of critical diseases, health authorities in Banjul said the tests were carried out by a reputable medical professor, Soulayemane Mboup, head of Bacteriology-Virology Laboratory of the University Teaching Hospital of Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar.
"The conclusions for the patients with HIV 2 are as follows: Adama Manneh, HIV virus undetectable, Fatou Fadera, HIV virus undetectable, Fatou Kaw, HIV virus undetectable, Dado Jawo, low viral load," the Health Ministry release stated.
"For patients with HIV 1, the lab results show the following: Jonkong Jarjue, high viral load, Jainaba Sey, moderate viral load, Lamin Ceesay, very high viral load, Ousman Sowe, viral load less than detectable level."
Gambian health officials were upbeat that the tests results had proven beyond reasonable doubts that President Jammeh's herbal medicine and therapy have yielded results.
"These lab tests show that for patients with HIV 2, the virus was no longer detectable. This is a scientific proof that President Jammeh's claim is true and have been verified through the most vigorous scientific test namely, lab in a medical school," the 'Daily Observer', a governmental mouthpiece, said.
The Gambian leader had claimed that time has come for him to come to treat people in public. He invited ambassadors from Cuba and Taiwan to declare his thought-provoking statement that he could cure HIV/AIDS and asthma within 10 day.
The Gambian Health Department informed the public that 27 other HIV-infected persons had now applied for President Jammeh's treatment.
It is reported that 9 people who have been going through Mr Jammeh's treatment were asked to wait for two months instead of 10 days.
Most people fear that President Jammeh's claim can seriously hamper the fight against the global pandemic in The Gambia, where an estimated 2.1 percent live with the disease.
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