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Vitamins guru makes laughing stock of health ministry
Wednesday 25 May 2005
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SOUTH AFRICA: Vitamins guru makes laughing stock of health ministry


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JOHANNESBURG, 23 May (PLUSNEWS) - South Africa's opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), says vitamins guru Matthias Rath is turning Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang into the "laughing stock of the world".

Tshabalala-Msimang has refused to condemn Rath's advertised views that antiretrovirals were toxic and that vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients alone could prevent the progression of HIV/AIDS.

"In light of the minister's obvious fondness for Rath, his advertisements in international newspapers have contributed to making both our health system and the minister a laughing stock around the world. The minister ought to know better," the South African Press Association quoted DA health spokesperson Dianne Kohler-Barnard as saying.

Kohler-Barnard said the health minister owed it to all HIV-positive South Africans to publicly and vocally distance herself from Rath.

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