The Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) has asked herbalists to stop making fake claims of bring into being a cure for the HIV/AIDS, in the concern of public health. Mr. Cosmos Ohene-Adjei, the Acting Director of Technical Services of Commission, aforementioned such false assertions were not help to HIV/AIDS control and responses.
He expressed concern regarding the circumstances wherever several infected persons continuing to fall for the fraud and said that gave cause to worry. There had been variety of cases since the patients stopped using the anti-retro viral drugs and resorted to herbal products which result in carriers of the virus had lost their lives and herbal products did not actually have the efficacy to control the disease.
While addressing at day’s workshop, he speaks to health reporters and senior editors, from the Ashanti and Brong-Ahafo Regions at Abesim, close to Sunyani. Mr. Ohene-Adjei said the Commission was committed to operating with traditional medicine practitioners to seek out cure for the virus however cautioned against public deception once their products had not been certified by the relevant regulatory bodies.
There is a directorate at the Ministry of Health who has failure to notice responsibility for herbal medicine and he counseled herbalists to submit their products for testing and certification. He continually said that there was no known cure for HIV and urged infected persons to acquire the anti retro-viral drugs, telling them that, there was no different well tried medication that would keep them alive. The GAC, he said, to examine herbal products and to safeguard the health of users of such products, regulatory bodies and policy makers together would take steps to bring and to put measures in place.
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