Malawi:MHRC fires hard at false divine HIV healers

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  •    By Eutychus Yamikani
    MHRC has stated the need for people who are on
    anti-retral viro (ARV) medication,to take seriously
    about their status so as to avoid being fooled by the
    so called divine healers(prophets).
    Harry Migochi, who is director of economic, social
    and cultural rights at Malawi human rights
    commission (MHRC) says no one should be cheated
    to stop them from taking ARV’s,
    “A lot of people living with HIV are cheated by
    prophets and pastors that they will be healed,
    thereafter they lose their life after defaulting
    medication.
    “MHRC therefore has set aside funds in 2016 to
    sensitize people especially in rural areas on
    information regarding their rights.
    A research conducted by the commission has
    reviewed that a lot of people are dying when they
  • stop ‘taking their prescribed daily medication due to
    faith in the man of God.’
    Recently Malawi has seen a rising of people who
    claim to posses divine powers to heal and make
    people believe.
    Some even claim to have telepeautic powers of
    communicating with ‘God’ or supernatural forces.
    Police in the southern part of Malawi arrested a
    ‘man of God’ who cheated his believers to buy him a
    minibus telling them; they were going to get more
    wealth.
    It turn out the man was using the min-van to make
    his own man, as a passenger vehicle.
    MHRC cautions that is illegal for anyone to stop
    people placed under ART programme.
    It still remains a challenge for those under ART to
    follow their dosage in the 28 districts of Malawi.
    At the moment many continue to be flocking to
    these pastors and prophets for divine healing, but on
  • the other hand continue to cheat them in a broad day
    light.

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