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The Aids Ward

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The Aids Ward is a love story based on Dr. Mlachi who is working day and night to beat a supernatural deadline. He must find a cure for Aids before his brother succumbs to the dreaded scourge. Can he save him? His marriage is on the rocks, can he save it? The hospital superintendent is up in arms against the Aids research and wants him and his brother dead. Can he outwit him? A nurse who has been diligently looking after his brother falls in love with him. Can he leave his wife of seven years for her? Rumor has it that His Excellency the president is also positive. Could this be true? One of his students falls in love with him, further complicating his love life. Will she succeed? Click here to buy!

1 review for The Aids Ward

  1. K’Chumba Arap

    I remember having a talk with Shilaho wa Muteshi, back then as a student doing my undergraduate degree program and I was doing this book Remains of Dead Hope, authored by him. The volume of the book, at first scared me but once I had it in my hands, I was forced not to drop it until I read the last words of the book. This brought me to this particular book, The Aids Ward: of love turned sour, instigated by lust and desires of chewing the uneatable.
    Though set at a fictional third world country at the verge of being made a fourth world country, Diambo Land, The Aids Ward is a story that brings into view the blight of aids victims and it revolves round a respectable doctor, Dr Mlachi. The doctor is trying to beat a deadline of finding a cure to the aids disease and saving the life of his brother Kaburi. The quest of finding the cure is well sponsored by the state. Though he also found support from international donors who took interests in his research, the Grand Uncle, his Excellency Mandherich, took a keener interest into the project: for rumor had it that he had the scourge chewing on his blood.
    The journey though has a lot of obstacles. Dr Mlachis’ family is falling apart. His wife, Flo wants a divorce; to this he also develops an interest on a particular nurse who had been taking care of his brother, Nurse Nancy. This puts him on a rough terrain with the hospital superintendent, Mr. Kale, whom we are told she had an eye for Nancy. Every effort he made, Mr. Kale was on his neck. Though, he, Mr. Kale, feared touching Dr. Mlachi for the fear that the state ruler, his cousin would not take it lightly.
    The family is falling apart. Flo develops a love affair with one basketball player, she does an abortion and this is when the fears of Dr. Mlachi are confirmed when a test is done on her and she too was victim of the virus. The young man couldn’t wait to given the antidote and chooses to end it there, by committing suicide. This might be the reason that drives Dr. Mlachi to Nancy and one her student, Maria.
    In the end, Kaburi is healed of the virus thanks to CD4 booster but sadly, he is rammed by a lorry.
    The book ends with Dr. Jeffrey Mlachi wedding Nancy Sopi at the attorneys, attended by his Excellency Mandherich. The plan by Kale to shoot the couple, of Maria and Nduta witnessing the union didn’t actualize. The book ends with Marias’ monologue question, “How could he do that to me?”
    This keeps the reader asking himself, do we have a sequel of the book? Maybe Author Shilaho will answer that one day.
    The Aids Ward by Shilaho wa Muteshi, addresses a variety of themes, from politics to how the corrupt control the order of the day and to love, maybe love is the sole motivator of our wishes. Love became the driving forces, the sole motivator for the doctor as he tried to end the scourge feeding on his brother. The twist of events in it keeps a reader at edge, the hopeless are given hope, a new cure to the Aids pandemic has been found. But what do we say, it is fiction brought to reality.

    The story captures the reactions the people had when the viral disease aids was discovered. How others termed it a curse, while others saw it as a punishment from the gods. Little did they know that the disease eating them was a result of their ways of life. The book thus is recommended to anybody who wishes to experience the reactions of the Africans and the modern day treatment of aids victims.
    And if it be so, reading the aids ward is one thing I think I can recommend to any reader out there.

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