Friday, August 10, 2007

Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge vs. HIV/AIDS (and Dr Beetroot)

Antiretrovirals or garlic and beetroot? Why not all three? In any event, good nutrition is far better than the other "solution" (raping virgins). Seriously though, I consider Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge a heroine because she lost her job for siding with modern medicine, which, though not always right, has proven effective in combating HIV/AIDS.

BBC News article published 10 Aug 07

Sacked S Africa minister hits out

South Africa's former deputy health minister has said she was sacked for doing her job.

Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge said she had been fired for going on an unauthorised trip to a Spanish Aids conference and for criticising hospital conditions.

She said it was her duty to respond quickly to reports that babies were dying in a maternity hospital.

Her sacking has been condemned by Aids activists and the opposition as a setback in the fight against HIV.

Some 5.5m South Africans are HIV-postive - more than in any other country.

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