TB patients protest as County Assembly ‘grabs’ treatment sites land
28 June 2016, 19:43
Isiolo - Tuberculosis patients in Isiolo County have staged demonstrations to protest the conversion of the treatment Manyattas land into County Assembly offices.
They were accompanied by civil society organizations led by Stop TB Partnership and appealed to Isiolo County Assembly to stop the proposal.
The TB treatment Manyattas are used for screening, diagnosing and treating tuberculosis patients in the area.
The Health Civil Societies have termed the move by the County Assembly as a gross violation of human rights, adding that it denies patients the right to high quality health care in a dignified environment.
Speaking during a media briefing, Stop TB Partnership National Coordinator, Evaline Kibuchi called on the County Assembly to restore the TB Manyattas or allocate patients alternative facilities for treatment.
“The decision of the Isiolo County Assembly should be rescinded as it will significantly affect the progress in the fight against TB in the County and Kenya at large,” she said.
Kibuchi said over 300 TB and 17 Multi drug resistant TB (MDRTB) patients are currently receiving treatment at the Manyatta facilities, saying that there is a likelihood of patients dropping out of treatment.
The concept of TB Manyattas was introduced by Dr. Tonelli, a Catholic nun, in 1976 to persuade nomads to construct their houses next to health centres to be able to receive supervised drug administration.
This concept was later taken up by the government in collaboration with other organizations and Manyattas were introduced in other parts of the country including Garissa, Loitokitok, Marsabit, Hola, Kajiado, Lisamis, Moyale and Wajir
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