International media note minister’s passing

2009-12-17 13:49

THE passing of former health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has

gone unlamented by those international media that reported on it.

The New York Times said on its website that she drew international

censure for questioning the causal connection between HIV and Aids and for

“promoting dietary measures rather than drugs to treat Aids”.

“While Dr Tshabalala-Msimang was health minister, the estimated

number of HIV-infected people in South Africa climbed to more than five million,

more than in any other nation,” the website read.

The Los Angeles Times said the late minister’s “Aids denial” and

failure to provide treatment had been blamed for more than 300?000 unnecessary

deaths.

It recalled that her advice to sufferers to use a concoction of

fruits, vegetables and herbs instead of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs had won her

international derision as “Dr Beetroot” or “Dr Garlic”.

The British Telegraph said Tshabalala-Msimang and former president

Thabo Mbeki bore “key responsibility” for government’s delaying for years the

distribution of ARVs.

“Their stance has now been repudiated by (President) Jacob Zuma’s

new government, but its legacy will endure for decades,” the Telegraph said. It

recorded one comment on a presumably South African newspaper website.

“There’ll be 300?000 unhappy people waiting to have a little talk

with her,” the comment read.

The BBC also recalled her “Dr Beetroot” tag, saying she had

maintained that ARVs were too expensive and had possible harmful side-effects.

It also cited the figure of 300?000 deaths, drawn from a Harvard University

study.

The former health minister died in Johannesburg yesterday.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.