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Muki and Kumbaboy, There is a much bigger problem here which is really a reflection of Cameroon and the administration. People take advantage of the fact that humans will also make food and medicine a priority. I work on this issue daily in several African countries. This is a huge and corrupt industry involving high level government officials in African countries. I am not surprised that in 1999 the PM was involved and the minister here is probably being shady. There is alot of monies involved at the peril of the population. In Nigeria after top cardiac surgeons from the US came and performed surgery on delicate patients and lost almost all of them because the key drugs used after the surgery were all counterfeit; these drugs were brought into the country from India thru the complicity of some government officials. Last year they burnt over 10million dollars worth of drugs seized in one session and planning 20 times more seizures. The iron lady who is incharge, Dora, sent her entire family to the US because she has been shot at twice. Sorry I am not addressing the specifics of this case but frankly speaking I need to go to the source-the System. The Minister and several government officials in Cameroon, I highly suspect are the beneficiaries. Global Fund alone has given Cameroon a few hundreds Million dollars for HIV/AIDs. In the rural areas, I doubt if they feel a pinch of it. Drug regulation in Cameroon is a mess by design!
Kumbaboy, Thank you for the comments which I will take the opportunity to shade more light. There are literally thousands of these supplements/drugs particularly in Africa and Cameroon in particular with such claims (HIV, Diabetes etc) because the population is very desperate and does not know any better. I am saying it is the Minister of health's duty to protect the health of all Cameroonians in that triangle but he has failed many times over and this WELU-Cento 100 is a case in point; and there are hundreds more in the Cameroonian market. This should not be the prerogative of the minister-he does not have the expertise to do so. A standing technical committee should do this regularly then report to the minister with no fear or favor. Prof. Ndumbe is well regarded, because he knows how to conduct drug trials, he knows about HIV management and I doubt the minister will go against his scientific results; thus I say we have inadequate information. I am sure Mr. Lyonga meant well for himself and probably his countrymen; I am however addressing a policy issue here-he, Fai who is a herbalist, (do not know about kinge and the Germans) should not speak about a drug product when they do not have the expertise (we are not talking about coca cola) In conclusion, the minister and MOH are the root cause of this problem. The general population is highly at risk and will continue to suffer. You are probably aware that last year the Minister gave a go ahead on the testing of an HIV drug on prostitutes in Cameroon. The procedure was flawed and unethical but the concept was OK. It took only the international media for the Minister to halt the study. Oncemore taking matters, he knows little about into his hands. I am using this case to address a bigger issue here. I do not really care if it is Lyonga, Fai, Kinge, the Germans and even the Minister; the patients are the losers.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I am not a regular contributor to this forum, but I do enjoy it and feel the moral obligation to comment on this topic. This topic does not deserve logic as a foundation for discussion. I have spent several years on this topic in many African countries. Let me remind you about the facts: 1. 70% of the 28million cases of HIV cases are in Africa. 2. About 90% of the AIDS related deaths are in Africa. 3. The highest numbers of various drugs/concoctions/ immune boosters etc are in Africa; coming from Europe, India and China (most often not allowed in their own markets). 4. It goes without saying that, the highest counterfeit drugs are not manufactured but marketed in Africa. 5. Furthermore the weakest drug regulatory authorities are in Africa (excellent market for a quick buck by any fake manufacturer). 6. The highest number of deaths from drug toxicities, drug errors etc are in Africa. In the US with a robust health system, if you combine deaths from medication errors, side effects and toxicities-medicine related fatalities will be amongst the first 6 killers in the US. Such a study has not been conducted; I dare to say it will be the #1 killer in Africa (plagued with the worst health care system in the world because of many obvious reasons beyond this discussion). Cameroon is no exception; it may actually be the prototype!! Now Back to the above, Lyonga/Fai/Minister of Health: I have met Dr. Ndumbe in several international conferences and he is well respected and I suspect he is aware of the above problems.  We do not have the entire transcript from professor Ndumbe on how effective is this drug as an immune booster, what are the precautions, what is it role in the national treatment guidelines i.e. can it be used together with current drugs on the national guidelines? How does it work as an immunobooster-antiviral properties? Etc.  I do not think Lyonga has these answers either and yes contrary to some arguments he needs this knowledge in order to do more good to the patients than harm. He can own the business, but needs the educational background and training or find someone to speak about the products.  The minister has the onus to protect the health of the public though I think the process is flawed because a national committee of experts (known in the country) should meet regularly and make such recommendations. The minister is not a medic but a politician. (Even if a medic, he still needs a technical committee).  In this case, the minister may have had good intentions but there are several problems with public health in Cameroon and thus the population is vulnerable and at the mercy of street vendors of drugs, fly by night doctors etc. We do not have most of the facts to debate this issue BUT I SMELL A RAT