Lecturer takes a sweetener for pain relief to Africa
University of Wolverhampton Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing, Dr Moses Murandu, travelled to Africa to present his research on sugar treatment at leading education and medical establishments in Zimbabwe and Lesotho.
Moses presented to high profile audiences made up of nurses, doctors, pharmacists and medical students as well as government health officials at the Ezekiel Guti University, the University of Zimbabwe Medical School, the Africa University and Mutare Provincial Hospital and Maluti Adventist College of Nursing.
Now working as part of the team in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Moses has been carrying out research into the healing power of sugar on patients for over five years. In 2009, he was awarded the prestigious Fondation Le Lous Scientific Research Innovation Award and £25,000 to continue his pioneering work.
He said: “The sugar works because bacteria need water to grow, and applying sugar to a wound draws the water away. Because there is less water the body responds by getting the heart to beat faster and increase blood flow to the area. This brings white cells that fight infection and oxygen and nutrients that enhance cell regeneration.
“My research is focused on a clinical trial into the effectiveness of sugar when used on hospital patients with wounds such as bed sores, leg ulcers, non-healing surgical wounds and even amputations. During my visit I met with the Minister of Health in Lesotho and the Deputy Minister of Health in Zimbabwe, both of whom were keen to have the product developed and registered as a traditional remedy which can be available in pharmacies.”
During his time in Africa, Moses met with a woman who had refused to have her leg amputated due to the severity of an ulcer which had failed to be treated successfully. She had used sugar treatment following telephone advice from Moses to tend her wound at home and has made a full recovery.
Moses has committed to help the government patent and register sugar treatment in Zimbabwe and produce patient information to help them treat their own wounds at home.
Picture Caption: Moses, third from the left, with representatives from the University of Zimbabwe Medical School.
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Date Issued: 4th April 2016