“I Think Am Dead and Gone” -HIV/ Aids Patient Grieves

By Rancy S. Teewia

A woman diagnosed with the killer disease, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Jabbeh Dascin is dolefully calling on the general public and other Health organizations to come to her aid in order to seek proper medical attention.

Speaking to our reporter on Saturday, September 18, 2021, in Jenne Wondee Town, Tewor District, Grand Cape Mount County, the lady who appears to be in her 50’s seems to be giving up over her illness as she lamented the condition she found herself in.

Our reporter who observed the physical features on her body concurred with the lady’s own understanding of the disease on her when he saw red, brown, pink or purplish blotches on the skin and inside the mouth, nose or eyelids as well as prolonged swelling of the lymph glands in armpits, depression, neurologic disorder, etc.

“I started getting sick for a very long time but it started getting worse in 2018 and it started with severe running stomach and my family put money together and took me to the hospital, when I went there they called many illnesses but they did not tell me about this sickness, when I left from the Hospital my condition got worse, my family took me to hospital again in Robertsport and there where they told me that I have AIDS,” she tearfully narrated

She noted that she has been taking medication but her condition could not improve. “My daughter has been struggling to buy medicine but my condition keeps getting worse; this time around we don’t even have money to buy drugs again and I am worrying. I think I am about to leave the earth and am begging everyone to please help save my life,” Jabbeh lamented.

USAIDS recent statistics unveiled that Around 4.9 million people are currently living with HIV in western and central Africa, including a percentage of those living in Liberia. With a population of 5.1 million, roughly 1.5% of Liberians aged 15-49 live with HIV/AIDS. While this sounds like a small percentage, this equates to an estimated 47,000 people currently living with HIV/AIDS in Liberia, including 3,600 children.

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