The paradox of a KNH TB patient


I am at crossroads here, I don’t know whether to sympathise or be angry. This is all because of one man known as Mr Makau admitted at the Kenyatta National Hospital with the highly contagious Multi- Drug resistant TB (MDR-TB). I’m annoyed because Mr Makau has simply refused to take medication.

This is disturbing; because the fact is that there are hundreds of MDR-TB patients out there crying for help. It costs over one million shillings to treat a single patient and yet this man has the guts to refuse free treatment!

This to me is sheer belligerence. This man could well be a murderer. He is doing this with full knowledge that anyone who comes into his room would be at risk of contracting the highly contagious disease.

What is shocking is that this is happening with the full knowledge of all the relevant authorities like the Prisons Department, the Attorney General, the two ministries of health but all they can say is that consultations are ongoing.

How long, if I may ask, does it take for a government to make a simple decision over such a grave matter? For crying out loud, this man has not been on medication since mid 2007. He is knowingly endangering the health of all those attending to him.

Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) should come out now and say enough is enough. Indeed, they should have taken this measure two years back.

And as always the Kenyan style, the cat and mouse game goes on and on between the Prisons Department and KNH over who is responsible.

My opinion is that Mr Makau should immediately be transferred to an isolation ward in the prison and fresh charges preferred against him for willingly and knowingly endangering the lives of other citizens.

And my advice to KNH management, if this man cannot take his medication, it is beyond you. Do not bother any more begging him to stay alive. Do not also bother begging the Prison Department to take him back.

KNH should not also discharge Mr Makau from hospital because he is a ‘killer’. He will end up spreading the diseases to many more innocent Kenyans.

Here is the solution, let him stay chained in isolation, with no food, no shower…nothing. Let him lie in his room and wait for his day to come.

Mr Makau should have a taste of his own medicine!

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