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Man jailed for failing to take drugs

26 November 2012, 16:48 Wesley Gachugu

A middle aged man who defaulted on taking TB drugs for three consecutive years has been jailed for nine months by a Naivasha court.

Ezekiel Karanja was convicted on own plea of guilt by Naivasha Principal Magistrate Esther Boke.

The flower farm worker who has so far infected three of his family members with the disease was termed as a risk to members of the public if left free.

Karanja had been charged that on the 20th of November 2012 in Naivasha district hospital and suffering from TB he failed to take drugs for three years.

According to the prosecution, the accused had been suffering from the infectious disease since 2009.

He would default on taking the medication whenever the disease subsided.

The prosecution noted that under his current status, he posed a major threat to members of the public and hence the need to isolate him.

During the hearing of the case, it emerged that it was his family members who reported him to the public health officers who arrested him.

In mitigation the accused who was unrepresented said that the medication was very strong and he vomited every time he took it.

In her ruling, the magistrate admitted that the accused posed a major threat to the public due to his failure to take drugs.

She ordered that the accused be placed under a special unit and be monitored as he took his TB drugs.

He was given the 14 days right of appeal.

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