MINISTER of Higher Education Michael Kaingu says Government will soon start safety trials on the Sondashi Formula (SF2000) to determine whether the medicine is safe for human consumption.
And Minister of Health Joseph Kasonde says the packaging of the SF2000 in capsules is a breakthrough for scientists in Zambia to conduct research that will determine the safety and efficacy of the herbal medicine.
Dr Kaingu, speaking at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport yesterday when he received the processed SF2000 capsules, said clinical trials will be carried out once the safety trials have been completed.
The minister was speaking when he received National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research (NISIR) acting director Henry Njapau and principal investigator Ray Handema, on arrival from South Africa with over 23,000 capsules of the SF2000 that will be used in clinical trials.
“Government is committed to ensuring that the trials are carried out. We will not rest until all the necessary tools, including finances, are availed to the scientists,” he said.
He said Government has acquired for the NISIR, pilot-scale equipment, for filling and polishing capsules. The minister said the equipment, which will soon be installed and commissioned, will be used to produce capsules for research.
And Dr Kasonde said scientists should come on board and make proposals that will guide further clinical trials on the SF2000.
He said apart from safety and efficacy of the medicine, clinical trials will also help scientists determine the dosage of the Sondashi Formula.
Dr Kasonde said Government has initiated a register of traditional herbs which will be subjected to clinical trials.
And Ludwig Sondashi, who is the brain behind the SF2000, appealed to Government to work extra hard to expose the medicine and tell the truth about its efficacy once clinical trials are concluded.
“I appeal to Government to find money that will ensure clinical trials are completed promptly so that Zambians can access the medicine. For people to benefit, the medicine should be owned by the government so that it can be supplied cheaply,” he said.
Dr Sondashi claims that his medicine can cure HIV and AIDS.