HIV/Aids

20 November 2009

Bed that 'cures' Aids investigated

A thermal massage bed, said to cure Aids patients after a 40-minute session, is under investigation by the health ministry, the Sowetan newspaper reported.

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A thermal massage bed, said to cure Aids patients after a 40-minute session, is under investigation by the health ministry, the Sowetan newspaper reported.

The "Ceragem Clinic" where some 20 miracle beds are based, is owned by Morokane Choma, reported the daily.

People queue from as early as 2am in the mornings to have their 40 minutes on the beds that apparently heal any disease, including HIV/Aids.

As people wait for their turn they are said to be listening to testimonies of those who were "helped" by the bed.

Public urged to be cautious
National health spokesman Fidel Hadebe said there were many people who claimed to be able to cure diseases and warned the public to be careful.

"We will send inspectors to the establishment and we will take legal action if we find any fraud," said Hadebe.

Ceragem, a Korean massage bed, is not registered with the South African Bureau of Standards. Ceragem's manufacturers were banned from making false claims about the bed in Texas in 2005. – (Sapa, November 2009)

 

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