October 21, 2020
Dr. Tamsir Mbowe, who had served as manager of Jammeh’s aids treatment program, has defended the efficacy of Jammeh’s herbal medicine aids treatment program. Giving evidence before the TRRC, Mbowe, a Gynecologist, still stands by his past claims that Jammeh had cure for HIV, when confronted by the TRRC lead Counsel Essa Faal. “Do you agree that Yahya Jammeh did not accept criticism of this treatment program that he was doing?” Lead Counsel Faal asked Mbowe. In response dismissed Faal’s preposition that Jammeh wasn’t accommodative towards criticism. “That is not true, I used to advise him,” Mbowe said. “Did you criticize him that the program was bogus?,” Faal further quizzed Mbowe. In response again Mbowe countered: “The program is true, the treatment is true, why should I criticize?”
Faal then put it to Mbowe that a UN official, who had criticized Jammeh’s fake aids cure was expelled from the country, but Mbowe says he doesn’t know why the UN official was kicked out of the country. He added that the UN official in question had onetime came to his office claiming that he (Mbowe) was giving anti-retroviral drugs to Jammeh to embark on such a fake aids cure program. According to Mbowe, Jammeh’s aids treatment program was in line with traditional medicine practice and he doesn’t see anything wrong with the treatment program. He says he trusted Jammeh’s treatment program, and the allegations leveled against Jammeh by his HIV patients, should be treated with caution. “They applauded Jammeh’s treatment yesterday. They changed their mind when they came to the Commission. They said they were treated. They are now changing their stories,” Mbowe remarked.
According to Mbowe, Jammeh got his aids herbal treatment medicine from The Gambia and South America. He says Jammeh wouldn’t disclose the secret of treatment to him. Mbowe maintains that he believes in the efficacy of Jammeh’s herbal medicine.
Doctors have this week been giving evidence before the TRRC on dictator Yahya Jammeh’s fake HIV/AIDS cure. Some of the patients even died during Jammeh’s treatment program. They suffered from stomach pain and other major health complications because of the concoctions that they were made to drink by Jammeh. Jammeh now lives in exile in Equatorial Guinea.
It was in 2007 that dictator Yahya Jammeh claimed that God has given him the mandate to cure HIV, the virus that Scientists say causes aids. He uses traditional herbs to cure his patients.
Jammeh assembled doctors to work with him during his treatment program. One of them was Dr. Malick Njie, the former Medical Director of the main government hospital in Banjul.
Njie recalled meeting Jammeh at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital before his proclaimed cure for HIV/AIDS. He says Jammeh was visiting a relative of his, who was admitted at the health facility, when Jammeh told him that he had found the cure for HIV. Dr. Njie wasn’t convinced by Jammeh’s claims.
“I told him straight way that I didn’t believe him and he as President should concern himself with governing the state rather than curing HIV, he should leave that to us, we have a national program and it is working very well, so leave that to us, stay out of it. He said you have been brainwashed, he said I have been brainwashed by the Toubas, the White people, he said that why I was saying that to him,” said Dr. Njie.
Despite Njie’s disagreements with the President, he says Jammeh never headed to his advice. Jammeh then open an alternative HIV treatment program. He started his treatment program with nine HIV patients.
He later appointed Njie as Health Minister and asked Dr. Njie to help review this treatment program for him.
Njie says none of the patients that Jammeh claimed to have treated had tested negative for the virus. He maintains that there is no cure for the deadly virus.
“We still do not have a cure for HIV, I was absolutely certain of what I was saying. We could do was to control the disease and up to day worldwide, there is only one case that is supposed to have been cured and further investigation of that case has revealed that the condition of that person had and the way he was treated was what rendered him virus free, but he wasn’t cured. There is no cure for HIV,” Dr. Njie remarked.
Njie says he had warned Jammeh to seek the consent of the patients before curing them. He also says he had told Jammeh that he was going to be responsible in the event anything bad happen to the patients.
He says one of the young patients died during the first batch of the treatment program.
Also testifying was Dr. Adama Amadou Sallah. Dr. Sallah testified on the rules of medical ethics. He says Jammeh was a charlatan delusional leader, whose conduct was a risk to health safety. He says the doctors who had worked with Jammeh on his fake aids cure, should have ensured that such a misleading treatment program should never had happened.
“I think they should have done it without fear or favor, or it will because it was an outright dangerous therapeutic intervention, and it should have been brought of the regulatory authority,” Dr. Sallah testified.
Sallah says doctors are supposed to be truthful and principled and avoid any conduct that would put their career and reputation into disrepute. He said patients’ safety should not be neglected.