Dhlomo challenges ‘Aids healers’ to scientific duel

2013-11-13 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo has challenged those claiming to be able to cure HIV/Aids with just “holy” water and other concoctions to a scientific duel to prove that their cures work.

Dhlomo yesterday presented what he termed a collaborative plan between the department and those with the “cures” to use both ARV medication and the “other cures” at the same time to see if patients are cured.

Dhlomo was angered by revelations of a Durban pastor recently who allegedly claimed that he could cure Aids using just holy water.

Addressing delegates at the 2013 Aids Council meeting, Dhlomo said his plan would encourage a collaborative effort in which the HIV medication together with other medication (concoctions and holy water) would be used together.

He said the department has always said there is no cure, and ARVs are not a cure but can slow down the disease’s effects.

“The first people who should know whether a patient is cured would be the nurses, every patient has a [hospital] file, which will show that the patient was HIV positive at this time and now he is HIV negative,” he said.

The volunteers would be tested, and those individuals who tested positive would be kept on ARVs and allow the medication to be used with the holy water.

Those advocating holy waters would have to give timelines on how long their medication would take to work and the volunteers would be tested again to see if the water worked within the timeframe.

He also raised concerns about the advertising of the concoctions, especially by the SABC (notably Ukhozi FM).

“We have tried to address the matter of the adverts with the SABC but they have told us that they are not the only ones broadcasting the adverts and it’s a multi-billion rand industry that they cannot just shut down.”

Attempts to speak to SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago were unsuccessful yesterday.

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