Must a poor person be ignorant? Is poverty an excuse for ignorance or stupidity? ? (Pardon my language) These days I tend to weigh some of my statements in my brain, repeat them over and over (in my mind I must add) before I speak because I have been told I usually speak without tact or worse sef, that my ideas are erratic. And be reassured that I understand the whole poverty breeding ignorance and vice versa vicious cycle but these days I wonder if we are not using that explanation as an excuse for people not doing what they are supposed to do.
You are wondering, “What is the point of this her argument sef?” I will tell you. A friend of mine told me a story of a lady she met. The lady is married with 2 children who are alive, one died at 5 months. She has an OND from a Nigerian polytechnic while her husband is a trader and they live in an urban area. Typical lower class Nigerian so you are still wondering what’s wrong with the picture? I will tell u.
The lady in question is HIV positive and her two children are also HIV positive. Yes!!!! In this era, an educated woman did not go to the hospital for antenatal care knowing fully well she was positive and she transmitted the virus to 2 small children. What kind of ignorance is this?
I still cannot comprehehend the woman’s reasoning. Seriously! !! Because she seemed to have an idea that pregnant HIV infected mothers were given drugs to prevent transmission to the unborn child but she didn’t bother seeking help. She rather decided to do things her own way: get pregnant, give birth to babies and raise them with the virus. Her first child died at 6 months and that didn’t bring about a change of heart from her.
Now this is what I find difficult to understand, is it the poverty that is her problem or the ignorance or what exactly? ?? I have tried soo hard to understand what could have motivated this woman to act this way because I know that information about prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV is everywhere or is it possible she wasn’t aware? Or was she told but didn’t believe? Or maybe she didn’t just care?? Or was it ignorance??
How exactly is ignorance to be blamed here? Or maybe its poverty? ? Or was it that she was diagnosed someplace where she wasn’t counselled? Or l am I missing another crucial factor in this story?
Still trying to understand
Your thoughts please!!!!!!