The Health Monitoring Unit has picked up a man for claiming to sell a cure for HIV and Hepatitis B. The suspect is Emmanuel Ndali, a resident of Gayaza in Wakiso district.
He was picked up from his rented room where he was seeing patients.
Dr. Jackson Abusu, the Director Health Monitoring Unit, says they were tipped off after Ndali posted several advertisements on poles along Gayaza Road, Bwaise and Makerere University claiming to possess a wonder drug that would cure HIV and Hepatitis.
According to the Health Monitoring Unit, they found the suspect with liquid herbs in jerrycans and other herbs in sacks.
Investigations showed that Ndali doesn’t have any history of pharmacy or oral medicine as qualifications to prepare medicine.
The suspect was reportedly charging unsuspecting patient Shillings 1 million for a 20-liter jerrycan of herbs, which he was prescribing as a complete dose.
Ndali told journalists at the Health Monitoring Unit offices in Naguru that he was wrongly picked up because he has helped heal people with his herbs. He says that he has sold herbal medicine for the last 12 years.
“Instead of arresting me they should help me set up a business because my drugs work. I healed my sister who had hepatitis and another child from Mubende,” he said.
Ndali explains that he decided to advertise because his efforts to partner with Mulago National Referral Hospital were turned down on the grounds that herbal medicine cannot be mixed with manufactured medicine.
Dr. Abusu urges all Ugandans to be on the lookout and avoid being duped by people claiming to cure the impossible. “You should all be on the lookout. People are out there looking for a way to make money. Do not fall victim,” he said.