More than 36 million people worldwide have died from the AIDS virus across the globe, and another 35.3 million are currently living with the disease.
But they no longer have any reason to worry. The Egyptian Army has defeated the disease.
Or so claimed Egyptian Gen. Dr. Ibrahim Abdel-Atti, chief of the medical branch. “We defeated AIDS, and rest assured, we defeated AIDS,” Abdel-Atti said Sunday at a press conference.
“And indeed,” he said, according to a translation provided by Egyptian protest group We Are All Khaled Said. “I conquered AIDS with the blessings of my Lord, glory to him, with a rate of 100%.”
The country’s military leader Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and President Adly Mansour were present at the conference, according to an official statement.
Abdel-Atti said he had pioneered a method by which he could extract the disease and break it into amino acids, “so that the virus becomes nutrition for the body instead of disease. This is a miracle in scientific research.”
“I take AIDS from the patient, and feed the patient on AIDS, I give it to him as a kebab skewer to feed on,” he said, presumably metaphorically. “I take the disease, and I give it to him as food, and this is the top of scientific miracles.”
“And I conquered the ‘C,’” Abdel-Atti added, referring to the Hepatitis C.
“You will never find a patient suffering from the Hepatitis C virus after today, God willing!”
Hepatitis C is widespread in Egypt, with 18 million Egyptians suffering from the disease.
“This is the first jump, God willing. Conquering AIDS worldwide, conquering AIDS worldwide, God willing.”
The army said that patients could be completely cured within 20 days, but some unfortunate souls would have to wait up to six months.
Egypt has approved the treatment, said CCTV Africa, and is seeking approval in Europe and the United States. However, the country intends to delay exporting the technology in order to attract medical tourism to the country.
Abdel-Atti gave credit to early detection devices develop by the military.
The announcement comes as the military, which ousted the Muslim Brotherhood government in July 2013, maneuvers to strengthen its standing as Egypt’s leaders. On Monday, Egypt’s interim prime minister announced the resignation of his cabinet, a surprise move that could be designed in part to pave the way for the nation’s military chief to leave his defense minister’s post to run for president.
Sunday’s press conference could be part of the campaign to convince Egyptians to trust the military’s ability to care for the country’s citizens and offer them a brighter future.
A CCTV Africa report about the announcement showed Abdel-Atti telling a patient, “Your lab report says you had AIDS. And now you don’t. You are cured.”
“We thought that until today, there was no cure for the disease,” said Dr. Nadia Ragab at a press conference. “But the research was so strong that our medical consultants gave us the green light for the human trial. We precisely followed the patients every three months. The results were astonishing to the extent that we had to repeat the lab work in different locations just to be sure.”
The new Complete Cure device developed by the military purifies the patient’s blood in a manner similar to a dialysis machine.
There are no side effects, the development team said.
A year ago, Egyptian authorities announced the development of a device called C-fast, which it claimed could detect AIDS and Hepatitis C without taking blood samples. The device, developed from bomb detection technology, is meant to identify the molecular signature of the virus.
The scientific community outside of Egypt seems rather underwhelmed.
“I can find no evidence to support the claims that this device detects hepatitis C or any other viruses as mentioned in the patent, nor any clear theoretical rationale for how it would work,” University of Glasgow infectious disease specialist Emma Thomson told the BBC.
According to Egyptian media, President Adly Mansour also pumped the brakes on the device, ordering a review by “specialized scientific committees.”