Very recently, I got chatting with a newly married friend and she revealed some scary happenings to me, of which I want us to learn from.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to discriminate, or stereotype anyone, but we need to be careful, as I was shocked on hearing this. She got married and after a while took in and gave birth to a beautiful baby.
The introduction of a new born of course comes with some extra duties, so she needed a hand to help out with the chores. Not wanting the extra luggage that comes with having family around, she and her husband agreed to get a maid. They got the first one, but didn’t keep her for long. As the search for another help continued, a friend introduced someone to her, she happened to be a young girl that seemed alright, so she took her in.
Impressed with her work rate and ethics she further entrusted her four months old baby in her care. As time went by, she noticed that the help was always coughing, she was tired and feeling weak, she called and asked to know what was going on with her, but the help casually responded that she really didn’t know what was going on.
In a short while, she also needed some medical attention and was due to get to the hospital so she asked her help to come along with her so they’ll confirm what the problem was. When they arrived at the hospital, she told the doctor to run a series of tests on her help, which they did. The result … shocking! It was discovered that this girl had tuberculosis and was HIV positive! Oh! How disgusted she felt, hating herself for being such an incompetent mother, putting her baby in the line of danger.
Immediately she had to call her husband and they had themselves tested, fortunately, none of them had contacted any disease, how relieved she was, Praise God!
Due to the fantastic attitude the girl put up at her duties, she had already liked her and she felt all she could do at that point in time was to advise her not to sleep around anymore, promised to support her financially to get the necessary medical care she required but regrets that she had to let her go.
So my people, I advice that whenever you have to entrust your vulnerable and frail wards into anyone’s care, at least for the sake of their own health, please make sure you get the medical history of that person first, and if possible be in the know about that person’s general wellbeing.
It doesn’t cost much to do that. Please pass this message across; you don’t know whose child you may help put out of danger. Cheers