Grace Moraa, 25, recalls the first time she took slimming pills. She had gone into a cosmetic shop in Nairobi to buy lipstick, but ended up leaving with a more promising product. — slimming pills. The brand name was Magilim. Inside were 60 capsules packaged in a loosely sealed bottle, with a promise to make her drop more than 10 kilos in a month. Having struggled with weight gain for years, Moraa was elated.
Her weight was 98 kilos, and the attendants assured her with just three bottles, she can get to her dream digits: 60 kilos in less than three months. The price was Sh2,000.
“He told me to take two in the morning, see how my body reacts and then take another pair if didn’t have side effects,” says Moraa.
When she took the first two pills, she got stomach cramps, extreme nausea and dizziness. She went back to the shop butwas told those were normal side effects. She had only used the pills for two days when the worst happened. Moraa, a social health worker was on assignment when a wave of dizziness and hot flashes hit. She sipped water and immediately threw up. “I thought I was going to die,” she says.