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Tuberculosis

27 August 2010

Health horror behind bars

Last night Carte Blanche Medical highlighted a story about the horrors and dangers of tuberculosis. Read more about how TB is spreading like wildfire behind prison walls.

Last night Carte Blanche Medical highlighted a story about the horrors and dangers of tuberculosis (watch the video here). Read more about how TB is spreading like wildfire behind prison walls.

Imagine spending 10 years with little more than 2,4 sq m to yourself. The cell is badly ventilated, the food is not great, and somewhere along the line you got tuberculosis (TB) and for some reason the warder isn't bringing you your pills anymore.

The shocking stats
In January 2007 there were about 166 000 people in South Africa's 237 operational prisons, says Lukas Muntingh of the Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative (CSPRI). The problem is that the actual capacity of these prisons is only 115 000 – which means they are 51 000 people (about 40%) over capacity.

  • Health-science related – 75%
  • Medical practitioners – 31%
  • Pharmacists - 62%
  • Nurses - 66%
  • Psychologists - 36%

 

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