Is There A Balm in Gilead (1:54) by Mumia Abu-Jamal

4/23/16

 

 

IS THERE A BALM IN GILEAD? ,
[col. writ. 4/22/16] ©'16. Mumia Abu-Jam

 

 

The great Black activist and artist, Paul Robeson, in 1958, in Carnegie Hall, sang the gospel song, 'Balm in Gilead':


♪Therrre is a balmmm in Gileaaad,
♪To make the wounded who--oole!♪....


His full, magnificent baritone filled the Hall with wonder.


These words in song sprang back from over half a century, when the news emerged of a big pharmaceutical, Gilead Sciences, Inc., buying the drug sofosbuvir--and then tripling its preferred price, to treat hundreds of thousands of people, suffering from Hepatitis C.


Hepatitis C is a liver infection (inflammation), which can untreat, lead to immense suffering and death.


Sofosbuvir, sold under the names Harvoni and Sovaldi, is more than a treatment: it is a cure, with healing rates of over 95%. And it now goes for $1,000--- as pill.

 

A full course of treatment?

 

Over $100,000.


Is there a balm in Gilead?
Yup. There is.
But only a few can afford it.

 

To quote Paul Robeson, in the words of this cherished Negro spiritual,
♪There is a balm in Gilead,
♪To make the wounded whooole----♪♪

 

But if you can't afford it, you die.
 

--©'16maj

 

tags: Health Care, Hepatitis C, Music, Paul Robeson