NTV Kenya is currently airing an investigative piece called “Sisters of death.”
It is about women who make alcohol mixed with antiretrovirals (ARVs) to make ends meet.
The documentary features HIV positive women in Korogosho slums in Kenya, selling the drugs they get for treatment, to other women involved in a liquor making business.
They sell Seven tablests for as low as 250 she (about 3dollars). Every patient is entitled to 60 drugs per month. So when they sell all in a month, they earn about…
They get these drugs free and sell to ‘be able to buy food.”
Well, everything is detailed in the video up here.
Here are my concerns.
First, the women who sell the drugs register at another health Centre as if they have never known their status, they are then enrolled twice and that means they get double the dose.
The drugs they get from the second clinic could have been taken by another patient.
All this happens at a time the government in Kenya and many African countries are decrying the scarcity of ARVs in face of the increasing Patient numbers.
This means that if this one lady gets double treatment, there is another patient who may not survive for another minute because her pre supposed dose is sold by another who wants to earn something small.
Yes. They claim that they sell the drugs to buy food, but I find this too inhuman. If you can get little food and someone cannot live because they need ARVs that are in turn sold to make liquor, what is the gain?
Second, what do the women who buy the drugs for mixing in their liquor to sell think?
One of them says that even God knows she is not doing something wrong because she does it to survive and fend for my family.
These are the most inconsiderate people I have ever met.
What does this mean to the person denied of a life because the drugs she would have taken are mixed to make alcohol? Isn’t it possible that this person could even be related to you?
What does it even mean for the person who is going to consume the liquour? And what does it mean to you who, making such a ‘dangerous substance’?
This does not only depict the selfishness of Humanity, it also shows how much the world is going wild or better still coming to the Parousia days.
It shows how we are going against the love of Neighbour that God requires of us. Just because you want to survive, should you deny your neighbour of their survival too?
God says in his holy word…
Ask and you will receive whatever you need, pray and I will hear from heaven, and I will heal your land,
He says ask and I will give the nations to you.
O lord, I ask for the nations, please come and heal mother Africa, heal your people and all our grievances.
That each passing day, we may be mindful of the needs of others.