The Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea has claimed that it has a cure for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS) virus as well as other deadly diseases such as AIDS, Ebola and SARS.
Scientist and researchers have ambitiously tested for cures for the deadly diseases, yet have not been able to find a cure.
North Korea, on the other hand, claims it had the treatment for the diseases for the past 19 years.
A pro-North Korean website Minjok Tonghsin has said the country produced the first disease fighting drug in 1996.
Pyongyang has not provided any evidence for such bold claims and has been met with a lot of scepticism.
According to the website, the cure is actually a simple composition of natural herbs, plant food and a few other elements. Apparently, all that was needed to solve the medical world’s largest mysteries was a simple mixture.
The injection drug, called Kumdang-2, was developed from ginseng grown from a fertiliser mixed with rare earth elements, according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
The drug even has “micro-quantities of gold and platinum” in the mixture, the website adds.
The grandiose mixture is really convenient, as it is supposedly a cure for all four diseases that have plagued scientists for tens of years.
"Malicious virus infections like SARS, Ebola and MERS are diseases that are related to immune systems, so they can be easily treated by Kumdang-2 injection drug, which is a strong immune reviver," KCNA said.
Furthermore, it is claimed that the drug can cure AIDS.
The benefits of the drug do not end there. Pyognyang referenced the same drug as a cure, when the deadly bird flu outbreaks of 2006 and 2013 occurred.
In the meantime, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says North Korea is troubled with combatting diseases such as tuberculosis. Respiratory infections are amid the leading causes of death in the country, according to the WHO.
Pyongyang’s claims come as rival South Korea struggles with containing the outbreak of the deadly MERS disease. South Korea’s alarming MERS outbreak took its toll on 23 lives, with at least 160 diagnosed in South Korea.
There is no vaccine for the virus.