By Special Correspondent, Dar es Salaam – The government of Tanzania has finally established through laboratory tests that the medical plant used by Rev Ambilikile Mwasapila of Samunge village in Loliondo, Ngorongoro district to treat a number of critical ailments has no human effects when taken.
The statement was issued by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare said the ‘mugariga’ plant, scientifically known as Carissa spinarum, is safer for human use and earlier tests did in fact show that the tree was capable of fighting some human infection viruses.
According to the government statement, the study involved various academics and experts including the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA), National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), the Chief Government Chemist and the Registrar of Local Herbs.
“Our first task was to see whether there were negative impacts to people who take that ‘medicine’ … but we saw nothing as far as the dosage he was administering is concerned,” said one of the experts involved.
NIMR Director General, Dr Mwale Malecela, says the plant has been widely used by some ethnic communities in the country including Wamasai, Wasonjo, Wagogo and Wabarbaig, and no negative side effects had been reported.
The team could however not establish how effective the herbal in treating various chronical diseases is. However Rev. Mwakasapile says apart from the herbal power he has also special revelation from God.“We will now make follow-ups among the people who have taken the cup to see if they have been cured,” said one of the team experts.
In Loliondo cure scene, our sources have revealed that though the government has banned more people to go there, still the situation is worse as cars are stranded in a queue that stands for more than 40 kilometers.