- Published on Sunday, 10 November 2013 00:28
- Written by MARGARETH ITALA
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THE National Institute for Medicine Research (NIMR) and Ministry of Health in the country have announced the positive development of an HIV/AIDS herb which in the final stages of being declared the cure to the deadly diseases which have been a threat worldwide for many years.
Since 2004 when the beginning of research on the medicine began, 90 patients have been treated with it are reported to have healthier lives.
In the recent exclusive interview with the ‘Sunday News’, the Principal Research Scientist and Head of Department of Traditional Medicine Research for NIMR Dr Hamis Malebo said the medicine comprises four traditional herbs used to cure Diarrhoea, Skin diseases, Chest diseases and Measles.
“TASHACK is more effective in reducing the high viral load, fighting opportunistic diseases but increases body immunity and leaves the body stronger.
You can’t imagine we have patients since 1990 and they have neither been attacked by opportunistic diseases nor experienced weight loss and they never used any other modern medicine beside this herb,” Dr Malebo said.
According to him, the research for medicine and testing is going on in Tanga Region under NIMR, thanks to the cooperation extended by the Muhimbili National Referral Hospital, Tanga AIDS Working Group (TAWG), Bombo Regional Hospital and Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre (TFNC).
“The research has now reached a stage where the researchers are considering whether to declare it a cure for HIV/ AIDS. We consider the search has been conducted for long enough time to remove any fear of sideeffects because we have never seen any,” he said.
“Because of its high reduction of viral road, high body immune counts (CD4) , increase of body strength and its promotion to good health and that there is no noticeable side effect to it yet after all these years of research but only more of advantages, we declare it the most potent cure of HIV/ AIDS,” he added.
The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare spokesperson Nsachris Mwamwaja told ‘Sunday News’ that they confirm the progress as stated by NIMR and the Ministry blesses each move.
“I recognise the move because we and NIMR work as one, so I can not deny what they say on their research activities, but we cannot declare that it is HIV/ AIDS cure yet, people have been told that the disease has no cure and so they should take precautions before breaking the news,” Mwamwaja said.
Of late, according to Dr Malebo, there are more than 6000 users of the TASHACK herb and 90 of them are progressing very well since 1990 when the trials started with TAWG to date.
Although he said it was too early to compare its effectiveness with that of the ARVs currently in use, he remained hopeful that TASHACK has no side effect, be it to the liver, blood, kidney or any other organ but it makes the body stronger,” Dr Malebo said.
Making more revelations on the new product, he said AIDS patients who use the herb have been reported responding positively against opportunistic diseases since they are increasing their immunity counts (CD4s) hence increase body strength.
Normally, Dr Malebo noted, to test its efficacy, before using the medicine NIMR researchers check on body immunity count and prefer to start with a patient who has no risk diseases including Diabetes, Hypertension and Kidney diseases.
This medicine controls all other opportunistic diseases, people have to know that traditional medicine have more advantages, within one herb there are many other herbs that can cure multiple diseases, he said.
When responding to questions, Dr Malebo said volunteers to be tested remained the same (90) and they are from Tanga where research is conducted and who are still under treatment until the virus is vanished. Since 2004 NIMR has engaged other four foreign research institutions including in the TASHACK research by Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of South Africa, University of Basel of Switzerland and TNO of Netherland.
As HIV/AIDS continues to take substantial toll on the Tanzania population, communities are slowly feeling the impact of the costs for caring for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA), burial services and support for AIDS orphans. People with AIDS-related illness occupy more than 50 per cent for hospital beds in referral hospitals.
This has created high demand for hospital supplies and services, which the Tanzania government can not afford to supply. The integration of tradition health care practices into the modern health care system comes at a time when most of hospital facilities in Tanzania are lacking the most basic drugs, including panadol antibiotics and anti-diarrhoeal medicines, which are vital to treat various ailments suffered by PLHA.
Traditional practitioners, therefore, constitute a community- based resource with great potential for HIV/AIDS/ Sexual Transmission Infections (STI) prevention and care for PLHA. “ For too long, ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’ medicine have followed their own separate path in mutual antipathy.
But their aim are surely identical – the improvement of human health and hence, improvement of the quality of life,”said former World Health Organisation (WHO), Director General Dr Halfdan Mahler.
It was prior of 1980’s in Tanga Region, at Pangani District when a German Medical Officer at Pangani district Hospital Dr Elmar Ulrich was a very close devotee of HIV patients at the hospital to know their stages in sickness though most of them were disappearing without knowing where they have been going.