KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Though the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has declared Hakim Alokozai’s anti-coronavirus drug as illegal, yet Alokozai says he is preparing a medicine to counter the second wave of the infection and is still distributing the previously made drug to people.
During an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Alokozaiclaimed around 10 million people nation-wide had recovered from coronavirus with his medicine since the spread of the pandemic.
Alokozai did not provide any documents to support his claim and there are no figures with him or any institution to prove the claim.
About 12 vaccines against the coronavirus are currently being developed and are in the final stages, but Pfizer and BioNTech companies vaccines are the first to come up with results.
According to BBC report, preliminary research shows that the Pfizer vaccine could protect more than 90 percent people from Covid-19. The vaccine has been tested in the United States, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa and Turkey.
Nearly five companies from China, Russia, Germany and India are trying to develop a vaccine against the virus that causes Covid-19 disease. Developing a vaccine for safety will also take a long time that are produced in large quantities, as each must be tested chemically and biologically before it can be developed.
He is currently busy preparing anti-coronavirus drug to counter the second wave of the pandemic and some medicine remaining in stock from the past is being distributed to patients.
Hakim Mohammad Alokozai, 50, is a resident of Daman district of southern Kandahar province. He shot to fame across the country after he claimed developing a ‘vaccine’ for treatment of coronavirus.
He is now a renowned personality and people in every part of the country know him due to the medicine he has prepared for coronavirus patients.
His vaccine is a black color liquid. Two drops of it are mixed in green tea and consumed two times daily for two consecutive days in the morning and evening.
Alokozai said his basically ran garment business and sale of cars but from the past 25 years he has been preparing medicines for patients from natural herbals.He said he never received money for medicines which he distributed to people free of cost.
About the idea behind preparation of the medicine for coronavirus, he said: “I was sleeping one afternoon when an elderly man came in my dream and told me that you are sleeping and don’t see that coronavirus has reached Afghanistan.”
“After this dream, I started work and research on preparation of anti-coronavirus drug and within 21 days I prepared the medicine from 21 different natural herbals.”
He said for the first time he experienced his own made medicine on his family members — old and small — and noted that it had no negative side-effect on human body.
After this, Alokozai said he went to the Kandahar Health Department and explained to doctors the medicine he had made. “I offered the medicine to doctors of Kandahar’s Mirwais Hospital, the doctors who themselves were suffering from coronavirus,” he said.
Mohammad Tawos Ashraf Naderi, head of the Kandahar Health Department, said that Alokozaiapproached them after making his medicine and they informed him that every medicine should be registered with the Public Health Ministry and should be tested in laboratory for quality of material.
But according to Naderi, Alokozai started distributing his medicine before his medicine completed the health ministry process of testing.
Regarding Alokozai’s claim that some doctors of Mirwais Hospital recovered with his medicine, Naderi said: “This may have happened in individual capacity, for which I cannot say anything but we will never allow our doctors to use Alokozai’s natural medicine and will not allow them infuture as well to use his medicine.”
He said one cannot say anything about Alokozai medicine until it was tested in laboratory to know what items he had used.
Hakim Alokozai said: “When I went to Kabul, I showed my medicine to then Public Health Minister FerozuddinFerozwho offered it to his brother who was infected with coronavirus.”
Alokozai had earlierclaimed he offered his medicine to the health minister and he used that.
He said he had been hoping that the health minister would cooperate with him but instead he created problems in his way and alleged that Alokozai used opium, morphine and other illicit materials in making the vaccine.
Despite challenges, Alokozai said he started distribution of medicine from Al-Subhan Clinic in Kabul and thousands of people from Kabul and nearby provinces visited him and received his medicine. “Most of the patients recovered on the spot.”
“The government wanted to stop distribution of my medicine and arrest me, but it was too late as people became known of the effectiveness of my medicine and their support barred the government from arresting me.”
“The Health Ministry then hatched propaganda against me and claimed that people turmedabnormal after using my medicine or patients recovered only for three days.” The ministry also spread other wrong claims which did not work, he said. “People who used my medicine have recovered and there was no side-effect,” he added.
Many people in social media wrote that they recovered with Hakim Alokozai’s medicine.
NasratullahAhmadzai, a resident of Kabul on his facebook page wrote that he and his family members recovered from coronavirus after using medicine made by Hakim Alokozai.
When Pajhwokasked Alokozai about ingredients he used in making his anti-coronavirus medicine,he responded with a smile and said: “In many interviews this question has been asked from me and I just want to say that I prepared this medicine from 11 natural herbals that are available in Afghanistan. No illicit items are used in this medicine and it has no side-effect.”
Aolkozai declined to comment on how much he spent on manufacturing and distribution of his medicine so far, but he said he spent a lot on producing the medicine and would reveal information in this regard at an appropriate time. He said most people offered him assistance but he rejected it.
He claimed around 10 million people nation-wide had recovered from coronavirus by using his medicine since the spread of the pandemic.
He opened an office in Sherpur area of Kabul and hundreds of people visited his office daily and he provided the visitors his medicines and they took it to provinces and distributed it voluntarily and sent the distribution videos to him.
A Pajhwok reporter in Kabul went to his office in Sherpur, but there were no clients. Alokozai said he had a medicine distribution unit in the office of Hezb-i-Islami leader GulbadinHekmatyar in the Darul-Aman area of Kabul.
When Pajhwok reporter visited his unit in Dar-ul-Aman area, many clients had come there to get the medicines made by Alokozai.
Nazar Mohammad, a client from Parwan province, told Pajhwok that he had consumed the drop made by Alokozai several times and it had no side-effect.
“I have come to the conclusion that Alokozai’s medicine is 100 percent effective. I have come here again to take the medicine for my mother,” he added.
Asked why he did not visit a hospital, the resident of Parwan said coronavirus disease could not be treated in hospitals.
Mohammad Yaqoob, a resident of Kabul who also visited Alokozai’s office to take medicine, said he had used the vaccine several times and it has been fruitful.
Responding to a quarry about the Ministry of Public Health ban on the use of Alokozai medicine, Mohammad Arif, said: “The ministry has banned it for its own benefit. Alokozai is serving people and he must not be stopped.”
RahmaullahSherzai, head of the Alokozai medicine distribution unit at the HIA office, told Pajhwok they had been distributing the medicine for the past six months.
He said about 4,000 people used to visit their office daily, but as coronavirus has decreased, the number of clients dropped to 300. Sherzad said he also consumed this drug once in every two days to relieve tiredness.
Hakim Alokozai claimed his medicine had not harmed anyone so far, but if it happened to someone, it would mean he/she had taken fake medicine in his name. He said he had received no complaint that someone lost life to his medicine.
He added after his medicine became famous, some individuals in provinces took advantage of people’s compulsion and started making medicine in his name and distributed it to people in return for money.
He urged people not to pay a single penny for the medicine attributed to him because he distributed it for free.
According to him, in order to prevent people from being deceived, a fresh step has been taken to ensure the medicine has a specific bottle and label, so people can easily identify it as Alokozai medicine.
He said his medicines were also flown abroad in special bottles with labels. Alokozai claimed after the coronavirus in Afghanistan came close to zero cases a day, he now supplied his medicine to Europe and the US.
“Since a month, our medicine has not been distributed in Afghanistan as much as it is distributed abroad. Every day, people come to get medicine for about 500 to 1,000 people.
Earlier when flights were suspended his medicine could not be sent abroad, but now the flights had resumed and he sent his medicine to the US, Canada, Germany, Russia, China, Sweden, Norway, India and some Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Qatar.
According to him, even some Afghans come from foreign countries only to get his medicine.
HidayatullahKharoti, a resident of Paktika, who now lives in Lahore city of Pakistan, had also come to get Alokozai’s medicine.
He told Pajhwok that he had consumed Aolkozai’s medicine previously and now he had come again to get the medicine for a second wave of Covid-19 pandemic.
Alokozai played voice messages of Afghans living abroad in which they asked him for medicine he produced.
Alokozai said he had made the medicine for humans and everyone could consume it but he also gave it to animals they got well.
He said, however, high-level government agencies had created problems for him but low-level institutions supported him and even used his medicine during the Covid-19 outbreak.
He recalled dozens of senators and members of Wolesi Jirga, governors, district chiefs, security commanders and security personnel had used his medicine and recovered from the virus.
Alokozai claimed he had given the medicine to former president Hamid Karzai, vice president Amrullah Saleh, Mahmood Karzai, AGO, chief of army staff, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a number of political leaders, ministers, officials and attorneys.
But the figures he mentioned have said nothing in this regard.
Alokozai said they had already started distributing medicines in Kabul, Kandahar, Herat and Helmand provinces and their volunteer partners in other provinces.
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During the outbreak of Covid-19, when Alokozai’s medicine became famous, the Public Health Ministry not only banned his activities, but also restricted the use of his drugs. The ministry said that tests showed that illicit drugs had been used in the medicine made by Alokozai.
The ministry also issued an arrest warrant for him, but police are yet to take any action.
The ministry still insists that (morphine, opium and anti-pain drug) is used in the medicine produced by Alokozai.
Masouma Jafari, deputy spokeswoman for the ministry, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Alokozai’s drug did not treat Covid-19 disease, but temporarily reduced pain and made patients addicted.
According to her, research has shown that medicine made by Alokozai has no scientific basis, because so far no coronavirus drug has been developed in the world.
The ministry said it was unaware if Hakim Alokozai had resumed production and distribution of medicines for the second wave of Covid-19 and came to know through Pajhwok.
Pajhwok also shared photos of Alokozai’s distribution of medicines in Kabul with the MoPH, but spokespersons for the ministry declined to comment.
Health experts are also skeptical about Alokozai’s medicines. Dr. Wahdat, director of Sheikh Zayed hospital in Kabul, said some of the things used in making Alokozai medicine were often used to treat severe pain.
But he told Pajhwok that the ministry’s health research had shown that drugs were used in the medicine.
Dr. Wahdat said there was a medicine called opiate that was used for severe pain and Alokozai used it in his medicine.
Responding to a question whether Alokozai’s medicine has side effects for Covid-19 patients, he said the use of opioids in his medicine has many side effects that could lead to addiction and respiratory problems.
“If five percent of the patients have respiratory problems and use opioids they will die due to respiratory problems,” he added.
But Alokozai said his medicines had no side effects and denied the claims. He claimed so far no one had died or developed side effects who used his medicines.
Alokozai admitted that he used 10 percent of narcotics in his medicines but added that the same amount of narcotics was used in many other drugs and even in paracetamol.
This report has been produced by Pajhwok and financially supported by UNDP and Denmark.