AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Medical Director for Southern Africa, Dr. Bright Mhlongo, has called for urgent action to be taken by authorities to deal with the situation surrounding the recent controversial actions and utterances of Limpopo prophet Lethebo Rabalago from the Mount Zion General Assembly Church.
Rabalago was reported to have sprayed Doom insect killer on members of his congregation “to heal people with cancer, HIV or any other illness”.
“Anyone spraying Doom onto themselves will end up with chemical burns!” Dr. Bright explains. “Rather than be healed from serious diseases, they will need urgent medical treatment for burns. Cancer and HIV can only be treated by trained medical professionals. Anyone claiming otherwise is taking advantage of desperate people and should be condemned in the strongest terms.
“Prophet Lethebo Rabalago is not only misleading and endangering the lives of his congregation but is also making a mockery of the world’s efforts in fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic,” Dr. Bright adds. The disease currently affects the lives of 36.7 million people worldwide with an estimate of 2.1 million newly affected each year.
“Antics and false prophecies such as this need to be dealt with immediately and harshly as HIV/AIDS and cancer are no joke to those – and their families – who are affected,” she said.
AHF’s response comes as the AIDS Healthcare Foundation launches the Girls Awareness Campaign Tour (ACT), marking activities for the 16 Days to End Violence campaign. The drive – which begins on Friday 25 November – is aimed at fighting HIV/AIDS amongst young women and adolescent girls aged 12-24. The campaign is targeting this age group as young women and adolescent girls account for one in five new infections in Africa and are almost three times more likely than their male counterparts to be living with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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