The government has said that it will soon complete examining the 206 people who went for retired Pastor Ambilikile Mwaisapile’s presumed miracle cure and will issue a report in June.
This was revealed yesterday in Dar es Salaam by Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Donan Mmbando when presenting the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare’s 2010/2011 financial report to the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
Dr Mmbando said the ministry is aware of the traditional medicine administered by the retired pastor, alias ‘Babu wa Loliondo’, and that it has taken the necessary measures to examine the effects of the traditional therapy.
“We took samples of 206 people who were administered with the medicine for examination and we are going to issue the report later this year,” he noted.
The traditional cure, he said was administered to many people from within and outside the country.
Earlier, members of the parliamentary committee had wanted to know the health effects of the therapy and whether it was fit for human consumption.
PAC chairman John Cheyo instructed the ministry to work in collaboration with the Ministry of Information, Culture and Sports to prohibit any advertisement on traditional medicines so as to save lives of many Tanzanians.
Cheyo gave the example of Dar es Salaam where he said there are many traditional healers advertising their services in the media.
He said such adverts were misleading patients to opt for traditional medicines which may not provide the rightful cure of their diseases.
In February this year, Pastor Ambilikile Masapila claimed that God has shown him a new miracle cure.
The 77-year-old man said his 20-member team is busy putting up a giant structure in his village in preparation for the new project whose operation would start soon.
Masapila claimed that God has shown him another ‘miracle’, which is beyond the current one.
The boiled roots of 'mriga-riga' plant are administered together with ‘prayer’ to provide an elixir for four chronic ailments ever known to humans.
Meanwhile, the PAC has criticised the government for misusing public funds for functions, citing 1.9bn/- used by Ministry of Health and Social Welfare at the Nane-Nane exhibitions last year.
Cheyo said that the funds could have been spent for other uses like purchasing medicines, hospital beds or paying workers’ salaries, rehabilitating buildings and improving mother and child services as well as the elders.
Cheyo said that out of the money, 719m/- was spent for allowances, while 350m/- was used for constructing the ministry’s pavilion.
He added that a sum of 450m/- was used in the construction of the minister’s house whereby earlier the ministry had requested 100m/- for the same work. He said 86m/- could not be indicated where it was used.