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Government pledges to conduct research on Sondashi Formula

Health Government pledges to conduct research on Sondashi Formula

Dr.Sondashi
Dr.Sondashi

Government says it has resorted to do the research on the Sondashi formula locally despite it being expensive.
Health Minister Joseph Kasonde said after years of waiting for research on the drug to be conducted in South Africa, government has resorted to do the research locally despite it being expensive.

Dr Kasonde said he will do everything possible to procure equipment necessary for producing capsules for the Sondashi formula.Dr Kasonde was speaking when he visited the Tropical Diseases Research Centre (TDRC) at Ndola Central Hospital in Ndola yesterday.

The Health Minister explained that the South African Industrial and Scientific Research Centre where the Sondashi Formula was taken to have it produced in measurable doses of capsules had not succeeded but had instead requested to be given more samples of the drug.

“They requested for new samples of the formula, saying the ones we gave them are now old, but we could not agree to give them new samples, “he said.

Dr Kasonde further explained that the Ministry of Health then contacted a research centre in Ethiopia to have the capsules produced from there but did not receive a response on time.He said it was after this that government resorted to having the capsule of the drug produced locally despite equipment needed for doing so being expensive.

Dr Kasonde said with the necessary equipment, Zambia has the capacity to continue conducting research on the formula as it has good research centres and scientists.
He reiterated government’s commitment to secure the necessary equipment to produce the capsules in order to move forward with research on the drug.
The Minister stated that research on the Sondashi formula so far required for the drug to be produced in measurable quantities of capsules.
He said government is committed to move forward with research on the drug as it may have the capacity of saving lives.

The Sondashi formula is a traditional herb mixture said to have the capacity of curing the HIV virus but currently still undergoing scientific research.

16 COMMENTS

  1. Best medicine is retrain from having sex without a condom whether married or not
    That way Aids will be conquered

    I know I am HIV negative because of that.

    Thanks

    • How Do we have the beautiful babies if such a method is used. We need to change our behaviour and remain faithful to our spouses. For those who are single, they should not have sexual relationships until married. We should all go for VCT so that we know our status and thereafter live a positive lifestyle. Without sex, you still have a wonderful life. Spend time watching the world cup.
      Thanks.

    • The Sondashi Formula is a share waste of money and resources- I advice the government not to waste money on it or any one living with the disease not to take it. South Africa and Ethiopia researchers have already realised it is a worthless research funding. According to the Journal of Bio Medicine produced by the John Hopkins University Medical Research in collaboration with Astra Zeneca, Sondashi Formula is a non starter and should not even be given the attention it does not deserve.

    • Kudos to Dr. Sondashi and team for working hard on this formula … a great and bold move by the Minister of Health, Dr Kasonde as well. Currently the best capsule making machines are Siemens but if pricing is the issue Funro Machinery in China makes some of the best machines on the market.

      Funro’s pricing ranges from as low as $5,600 to over $100,000 depending on capacity and automation. They have been ISO 9000 certified since 2008. India is another country to look at for these kinds of equipment, especially Pharma Chem Machineries in Mumbai

      This is a wise move by the smart people of the Zambian Enterprise as it will open the door for local manufacturing of other formulae. I like what I see …

    • Formula where the discoverer doesn’t even know the active ingredients,mechanism of action and the lethal dose.Fili okotuleya

  2. PF that is the way to go. For once am proud of you. Please put down those pangas and use your brains for once!

    • I agree with you mwaiche. Those budgets for pangas can be used for research.
      It is possible that some ministers can think, but all their ideas die in Cabinet meetings, where there is only 1 and the only one Sata speaking and castigating them as if they are not educated.

  3. “Government says it has resorted to do the research on the Sondashi formula locally despite it being expensive”.——- Expensive?!!!!!! How many lives will be saved should the drug be found to be effective!!! And yet Sata and his PF spends so much money on bye-elections and other useless ventures.

  4. Locally ? I think it is about time i visited the research institutes in Zambia.I know they are planning to buy new equipment and all but i`m still sceptical if they will have what it takes to do a proper research on that drug.I can`t wait to read a literature review on that drug. Pubmed we are about to have a new paper in town !!

  5. Kudos to Dr. Sondashi and team for working hard on this formula … a great and bold move by the Minister of Health, Dr Kasonde as well.

    Currently the best capsule making machines are Siemens but if pricing is the issue Funro Machinery in China makes some of the best machines on the market.

    Funro’s pricing ranges from as low as $5,600 to over $100,000 depending on capacity and automation. They have been ISO 9000 certified since 2008.

    India is another country to look at for these kinds of equipment, especially Pharma Chem Machineries in Mumbai

    This is a wise move by the smart people of the Zambian Enterprise as it will open the door for local manufacturing of other formulae. I like what I see …

  6. To all the doubting Thomases; a prophet is never recognised in his own country: Please do the research;

  7. If Sondashi formula works we could not have lost goverment leaders like Tetamashima, George Kunda, Benny Mwiinga. These leaders were close to Mr Sondashi who could have saved their lives

  8. Why do we Zambians always doubt our abilities, or at least those who are trying to contribute to science locally? Do we realize how many medicines have come/originated from the jungles and forests of the world? And what it takes to make a scientific discovery?

    It is RESEARCH, CAREFUL OBSERVATION and, yes! sometimes LUCK, SERENDIPITOUSNESS and TRIAL & ERROR that have led to medicines/vaccines that have conquered diseases which, not too long ago, killed millions. And doing research does NOT mean you will always come up with a usable product.

    I think Zambia should introduce “RESEARCH” in the school curriculum to inculcate a culture of “SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY” at an early age. Because going by some of the comments here, it is clear some people have no clue what “RESEARCH”…

  9. “Automatic Hard Gelatin Capsule making machine”

    Google this statement above and you will see the type of machine and it cost from $5000 to $25000.
    How much are we spending on by elections.
    Wake up Mr Minister.

  10. SONDASHI 2016 FOR PLOT 1, THEN NO MORE AIDS. He looks very handsome in this suite , than the nromal original looks, i wonder what a concotion would result if he married Nkandu luo

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