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W.H.O debunks ‘cure for AIDS’ claim in Zimbabwe

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

The World Health Organization has debunked claims by a Christian preacher in Zimbabwe that he has cure for HIV/AIDS.

Police on Wednesday raided the offices of the PROPHETIC Healing and Deliverance (PHD) Ministries led by Walter Magaya.

Walter Magaya who claims to be a prophet said on Sunday that he “can cure HIV, Aids and cancer”.

Local media The HERALD quotes police spokesperson Paul Nyathi as saying that the prophet “is assisting police with investigations”.

Nyanthi says “It is the duty of the police to detect, investigate and prevent crime and this is precisely what we are doing.”

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The World Health Organization in the wake of the claims by the prophet said there is “no cure” for HIV. The global body wants people living with HIV/AIDS to continue with anti-retroviral therapy to manage their infections.

Prophet Magaya claims to have cure for HIV/AIDS.

The WHO’s representative in Zimbabwe, Dr Alex Gasaira says “there is no cure for HIV infection. Those desperate for a cure should not abandon their ARV therapy.

“Until a cure is verified, effective ARV drugs can control HIV infections and help prevent transmission, so that people with HIV, and those at substantial risk, can enjoy healthy, long and productive lives.”

UNAIDS statistics shows that Zimbabwe in 2016 recorded some 30,000 AIDS-related deaths. Over one million people were living with HIV in the same year.





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