by Nathan Kipkosgey, Nairobi

by Nathan Kipkosgey, Nairobi

LGBTQ: WRONG DIGITAL" MEDICAL" INSPECTION.

14 Dec, 2018

by Nathan Kipkosgey, Nairobi

Health care access is one of the fundamental pillars for a good living. It is needless to say that availability and accessibility of health services fall short of the desired standards in Africa. Goal number three of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations General Assembly part of the resolution 70/1: "Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," recommend good health and well-being for all citizens of the world by the year 2030. These have remained to be a pipe dream for many nations of the southern hemisphere, the African content included.
The LGBTQ community faces enormous challenges when it comes to accessing health care and sanitation facilities in Africa. With homophobia very rife fueled by religious extremism, most health practitioners refuse to render their services to openly gay people. They use their right of faith to justify discrimination against the LGBTQ community.
Health facilities around the African continent serve as detention centers for gay people caught or suspected of having sex. It is in these facilities where the intrusive anal inspections are carried out, in a quest to secure convictions. The anal inspection constitutes tubes insertion of varying diameter and the examiners also use their gloved finger to do a digital scan of the anus. The examiner also visually inspects the suspects.
These forms of intrusive inspections are cruel, inhumane and barbaric it should not be happening in the twenty-first century. In the glare of government officials inspections are carried out as the suspects are handcuffed, these results to massive embarrassment on the part of “offenders”. The United Nation classifies these kinds of treatment as torture especially when it is carried out forcefully. Insertion of fingers in someone's private parts constitute sexual assault and harassment. There is no doubt these inspections results to a lot of pain and suffering.
Studies have shown that one cannot ascertain anal penetration by physical inspection, especially where the sex was consensual. The inspection of anal sphincter muscle pressure for reduced tightness is a flawed method. Reduced tightness could have been caused by chronic constipation furthermore human body physic are built differently. We can’t expect all people to have a tight sphincter muscle.
The LGBTQ community remains a vulnerable part of our society that is typically misunderstood and vilified. Their medical needs are usually ignored. This is because their demographic is minute hence no political consequence during elections. The politicians can afford to segregate them during the budget-making process. These are usually after intensive lobbying by the conservative religious organization in the corridors of power.
One thing that we need put to rest is the discrimination against people who do not subscribe to your sexual orientation. Everyone deserved to love whoever they want anywhere in this universe. Subjecting lovebirds to discriminatory, backward and unnecessary “medical” inspection should stop. Human rights should be must be applied equally across the board, no people should be more equal than others. This is why I condemn putting human right issues on popular vote such as a referendum. These rights are unalienable and no one group of people can deny the other group their rights for simply being fewer than them.