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28 TB drug defaulters to be detained

27 March 2016, 12:00 Joseph Njung’eh

Laikipia - Some 28 patients from Laikipia County who defaulted taking Tuberculosis (TB) drugs would be detained to avoid spread of the disease.

County Health services Executive Dr.David Njoroge said last year there were 731 TB patients and 28 of them defaulted treatment.

He said the County Government has established 44 Centers where TB can be diagnosed and 27 centers for treatment.

Speaking during this year’s World TB Day at Likii Slums in Nanyuki town, Njoroge noted that the department through community health workers is following the defaulters to make sure that they complete their drug subscriptions.

He said most TB cases are found slums because of congestion and poor housing.

He noted that major challenge in the slums is illicit brews where most patients end up drinking and stop their medication with Likii leading with the high number of defaulters.

Njoroge added that the government is committed in making sure that all patients are treated to the end and will even detain those escaping.

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