CAIRO: The Armed Forces Engineering Authority posted an online registration form for Hepatitis C and HIV patients Sunday, amid a wave of skepticism surrounding the announcement of the invention of a device that allegedly detects and cures the viruses.
The authority displayed the registration form on its official Facebook page, saying that military spokesperson Ahmed Ali would officially announce the full details of registration soon.
It added that patients would be informed of their reservation dates and the cure would start July 1.
Armed Forces Engineering Authority sources said the registration form was valid and that Armed Forces hospitals would start receiving patients on July 1, Youm7 reported Sunday.
Shokri Badr, a member of the Ibrahim Abdel Atty team, which invented the device, said the Armed Forces “would not leave anything to chance” and claimed that the “smear campaign against the device is launched by the drug companies,” Youm7 reported.
The announcement of the alleged medical breakthrough device that cures HIV and Hepatitis C was met with disbelief and sarcasm by Egyptians on social networking websites.
Specialist in infectious diseases at the University of Glasgow Emma Thomson investigated the patent application for the device and said “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,” BBC reported on Feb.25.
Planetary scientist, former NASA researcher and presidential advisor Essam Heggy had posted earlier on his Facebook page that the device was a scientific scandal for Egypt.
According to CNN, Ibrahim Abdel Atty refused to discuss his PhD or accusations that had been published on Al-Shorouq newspaper that he had been prosecuted by the Ministry of Health for medical fraud.
Satirist Bassem Youssef mocked the alleged military “breakthrough” device and displayed videos of the military presenting the device and other journalists’ comments on the device during his TV show El Bernameg.