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Twelve TB patients get six months for failing to take drugs

24 July 2014, 18:00 Arap Yego

Bungoma - Twelve patients suffering from Tuberculosis (TB) have been sentenced to six months in prison by a Bungoma court for failing to take their medication as prescribed by health workers.

Bungoma Court Magistrate Christopher Yalwa convicted the twelve to six months in jail on Wednesday, after they pleaded guilty to not taking their medication.

He said the group will be held in prison so that they take their medication under the watchful eyes of wardens.

Bungoma County Public Health Officer, Ken Kundu led the operation that led to the arrest and charging of the convicted suspects who failed to take their TB drugs in contravention of the public health Act section 28(a) cap 242.

Yalwa, while the delivering of the ruling, said TB victims should take their prescribed medication without fail noting that it is good for their own health and the people around them.

“It is sad that after the government has invested millions of money to ensure that it fights the highly contagious disease by giving the drugs for free, some victims still choose not to take medication and end up risking their own lives and those of their families,” he said.

The magistrate issued a directive to prison authorities to ensure that the twelve take their medication while in prison without failure.

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