It is alleged that certain religious leaders are arguing that HIV patients should stop taking ARVs, and start buying holy water.
One can only imagine the implications this would have in the country.
A meeting will take place on Wednesday between the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities, religious leaders and pastors to discuss the issue further.
Director of Azali Healthcare Dr Matome Kganaga is particularly concerned with the matter that is unfolding. He joined the conversation by voicing his concerns, and the implications of the trend among religious leaders.
Kganaga says that it’s a massive problem, particularly due to the epidemic nature of HIV in South Africa. He adds that South Africa is the leading country in terms of HIV prevalence and the country also has a high infection rate of about 220 000 a year.
We have more than 7 million South Africans living with HIV in South Africa.— Dr Matome Kganaga, Director of Azali Healthcare
Kganaga says that it’s a complex issue and adds that if South Africa wants to be a healthy society, we need all sectors to come on board.
For us to adequately respond to an epidemic such as HIV, we need the assistance of society says Kganaga
There are sectors that take advantage of desperate people who have limited knowledge.— Dr Matome Kganaga, Director of Azali Healthcare
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This article first appeared on 702 : [LISTEN] CRL holds meeting to discuss issue of substituting ARVs for holy water