Knives out for controversial ‘Dr’

Knives out for controversial ‘Dr’

 

Rose Moremoholo

MASERU

HEALTH Minister ’MolotsiMonyamane is in a fierce fight with a deregistered health practitioner, Dr TebohoBulane, over the latter’s claims that his food supplement prevents HIV infection.

Bulane, an integrated medical practitioner and owner of Bet Pharmaceuticals, says he has discovered an antiviral that can prohibit HIV from entering the body.

The product, EpigallocattechinGallate (EGCG) complex, is a new food supplement which is available in the form of capsules and injectables.

“This is regarded and registered as a food supplement by the Medical Control of South Africa,” Bulane says.

He says he was made aware of this special supplement recently when his foreign patient who knew that he was an expert in the field of nutritional medicine told him about it.

“I normally research thoroughly on the issues that are brought to my attention by my patients so that I advise them well. It is then that I realised that this food supplement was the ultimate remedy in reducing the infection in the body,” Bulane says.

 

#In the following passage Bulane explains how the EGCG works and why the Ministry of Health won’t support him on it.

Bulane says the EGCG complex works by attaching itself to proteins on the surface of CD4 cells and proteins on the surface of HIV.

In order for HIV to bind to CD4 cells, the proteins on HIV’s outer coat must bind to the proteins on the surface of CD4 cells and entry inhibitors prevent this from happening and upon successful blocking, the HIV is unable to bind to the surface of CD4 cells and gain entry into the cell.

The HIV inhibition of EGCG complex is 55 percent, and it is 100 percent natural.

This supplement will help to keep those who are HIV negative to stay negative, however just as it is indicated the supplement is not 100 percent safe and therefore I cannot say there is total protection.

A report by the World Health Organisation says of all individuals who were judged to be eligible for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) 14 percent chose not to take it and out of those that decide to take PEP only 56.6 percent complete the 28 days course of PEP.

According to the international Association of Providers of AIDS Care report, 60 percent of health care providers did not complete PEP treatment, while 48.8 percent of sex workers and 40.2 percent of victims of sexual assault complete PEP treatment.

With such statistics of where over half of healthcare practitioners default on PEP medication simply because they fear the side effects that come with taking such it is really food supplements such as thisthat will help in securing infection for those who fear side effects of ARVs.

This does not mean that people should opt for EGCG complex and rely fully on it but I advise that when they are still taking EGCG they should keep on taking PEP or their ARV medication.

I also advise that when men circumcise they should take the supplement too.

I have had patients asking how they could have a baby when the other partner is HIV positive and this has been one of the answers to one couple. They had a baby with the other partner maintaining her status as negative.

This does not open gates to loose behaviour or promiscuity but it is a way of protection for those who may fall prey of being infected that they stay protected at all time.

I am not here to say people should have unprotected sex if they take this supplement.

I have not approached the Ministry of Health to inform them about this supplement and show its importance to them because they have turned themselves against me. They made me their enemy and I am not.

I know I have sued them for defamation and for this we have not been able to see eye to eye with the minister.

I am open to helping the ministry in health issues, I haven’t held back in being a health practitioner and helping Basotho but I will definitely not withstand having my name dragged and lies spread about me.

 

#In the following passage Health Minister ’MolotsiMonyamane, who is also a medical doctor, attacks Bulane’s newly found product.

There is a lot of unregulated radio adverts and print form of advertisement where people claim to heal HIV/AIDS.

We know nothing of this (EGCG complex) as a ministry and we will not be associated with it.

We advise people to take ARVs and other specified internationally recognised medication by the World Health Organisation.

Bulane is not a registered doctor and was deregistered because what he has studied, Unani Tibb’s Bachelor of Complementary Medicine, at the University of Cape Town is not medically recognised under the Lesotho Medical Dental and Pharmacy Council with which he was registered into before the council realised that he did not fall under such category but under “other health practitioners”.

Those who want to buy these products should know that there are consequences and they will have to take responsibility for such action.

People we are trusted to keep safe are told that these are supplements that will protect them against HIV infection. Does it mean we don’t know what we are doing as part of the World Health Organisation members whenwe advise people to take their ARV’s or rather resort to PEP medication if exposed to HIV?

We are not against alternative medication but we get worried when sellers of such medicines say they prevent HIV infection or they cure HIV.

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It is very wrong for people to take advantage of those living with HIV/AIDS and promise them healing and prevention that cannot be trusted and is not even recognised internationally.

It is very unfortunate that what we are trying to fight and achieve by having the lowest HIV prevalence is being fought by other practitioners who don’t see the effect that this disease is having on our nation.

We cannot fight or even stop alternative medicine practitioners because they have the right to operate in the country and as the ministry we advise that people like Bulaneshould have a council of their own where they can be registered and recognised so that people know who to blame if things go wrong in the medication they offer.

We have drafted a bill that will help in the regulation of other professionals in health care to protect our people and to filter what is given to our people.

This way we will have a platform to test all medication before it hits the shelves.

Let it be known that Bulane as far as I know is not recognised as a registered doctor in Lesotho.

Besides Bulane being deregistered, a school he had opened was shut down because it was not registered.

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