Jammeh & Dr. Mbowe may be prosecuted over HIV/AIDS treatment

Jan 26, 2022, 2:38 PM

For the deaths of several individuals over the fake HIV/AIDS cure by former President Yahya Jammeh through his Presidential Alternative Treatment Programme (PATP), alongside with Dr. Tamsir Mbowe, the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) in its report to President Adama Barrow, has recommended the prosecution of the duo for intentionally causing the deaths of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV).

The Commission recommended that Jammeh and Dr. Mbowe should face murder charges and be prosecuted for intentionally causing the deaths of HIV/AIDS patients, who were conscripted in the sham PATP and deprived of life-saving treatment.”

The TRRC also recommends that Yahya Jammeh and Dr. Tamsir Mbowe be prosecuted for negligence and causing the deaths of PLHIV who took part in the programme and were deprived from lifesaving treatment.

The report added that another prosecution be placed for former president Jammeh and Dr. Mbowe for the inhumane and degrading treatment meted out on PLHIVs who took part in the treatment programme.

According to the report, Yayha Jammeh should be prosecuted for admitting children into the PATP in violation of the provisions of the Children’s Act 2005 and the Convention on the Rights of a Child.

Furthermore, the Commission recommended that the Medical and Dental Council should revoke Dr. Tamsir Mbowe’s practising licence indefinitely, for failing to honour the medical code of conduct and for the role he played in the fake Presidential Alternative Treatment Programme (PATP).

However, the Commission pointed out that a ban to be placed on Ansunama Jammeh from holding government office, saying he should not hold any position in the government at all levels and in any capacity.

In addition, the Commission recommended a review of the legal framework and policies on HIV to identify and address gaps in relation to the protection of the rights of PLHIVs as well as the establishment of mechanisms to ensure access to comprehensive treatment, care and health services for PLHIVs.

Further, the Commission called for the regulation of herbal medicinal products should to ensure they meet standard quality, safety and efficiency, and that their production is governed by the provisions and requirements of the Medicines and Related Products Act 2014.

 The Commission further recommended that the existing regulations should be strengthened on the use of herbal medical products through the effective enforcement of the Medicines and Related Products Act 2014, saying the government should ensure access to treatment, care and health services for PLHIVs.

“All healthcare workers in The Gambia should be trained on HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination and on the protection,” the report stated.

The Commission also recommended that media practitioners are to uphold the standard for reporting on persons living with HIV/AIDS, saying there should be penalties, criminal or otherwise, for journalists who disclose the HIV status of a person living with HIV/AIDS to the public, without the prior informed consent of the people living with HIV/AIDS.