By Jane Nambi
The Gambia president, President Yahya Jammeh said he discovered the cure to the deadly HIV/AIDs and now he plans on building a 1, 111 bed hospital to ensure that the patients receive the treatment.
“With this project coming to fruition, we intend to treat 10,000 HIV/AIDS patients every six months through natural medicine,” Jammeh said in his New Year’s address, adding that he expected the 1,111-bed hospital to open in 2015. President Jammeh first said he had come out with the cure way back in 2007.
Despite the enticing possibility, the World Health Organization and the United Nations have said Jammeh’s HIV/AIDS treatment is alarming mainly because patients are required to cease their anti-retroviral drugs, making them more prone to infection.
In October, Jammeh said that 68 HIV/AIDS patients undergoing his herbal remedy had been cured and discharged, the seventh batch since the treatments began five years ago.
According to the HIV rate in Gambia is relatively low compared to other African states, with 2 percent of the country’s roughly 1.8 million people infected.
No more details have emerged about the HIV/AIDs cure although it is feared to be a fraud just like other previous cures which have come to light.