Cameroon – Yaounde Central Prison: Risk of Tuberculosis epidemic

Written by Deckson N.

Two detained suspected members of the Islamic sect Boko Haram, namely Hamadou Belaji and Mala Adji just died. The second would’ve died of advanced tuberculosis.

According to the daily newspaper Le Messager published on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, For four months now, two inmates, Omgba and Nkolo, seriously ill with tuberculosis were transferred to Central Prison hospital. Unfortunately, this was not the case for inmates Mala Adji & Belaji Hamadou. These, we learn, despite the severity of the disease have been kept in the local 13 of the penitentiary among the other prisoners “supposedly in isolation.

More than 100 prisoners are Muslim and pray together five times a day, the newspaper notes. What makes the very high risk of general contamination. “According to indiscretions from a nurse, several cases were reported particularly as detainees’ feeding is extremely poor. The crushed corn mixed with soybeans served to prisoners can’t strengthen the immunity of their body, ” we read.

In addition, the infirmary is empty, patients with some means purchase their medications from pharmacies outside the prison. Prisoners accuse the manager of not worrying about their fate.

The health center of the main prison of Yaounde has a capacity of less than 20 beds. The two doctors and nine nurses are not able to meet the needs of prisoners suffering for most serious illnesses. To believe the health authorities, the detainees are subjected to HIV/AIDS testing upon arrival at the prison. Here, the infection spreads by the phenomenon of homosexuality and promiscuity in sectors 8 and 9 considered as TB areas. According to specialized institutes, Cameroon has not conducted a national tuberculosis prevalence survey and does not have mortality data.

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