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Doctors deployed to prisons in Lodwar after Hepatitis B outbreak

Osugo said the situation was complicated by the health workers strike/FILE

Osugo said the situation was complicated by the health workers strike/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 14 – Doctors have been deployed to prisons in Lodwar to deal with an outbreak of Hepatitis B.

Prisons Commissioner General Isaiah Osugo told Capital FM News that all members of staff and inmates have been injected with a vaccine to protect them from the disease.

Osugo indicated that officials from the County Government are investigating the source of the disease to contain the spread at the congested facilities.

“Yes it is true that there was an outbreak in Lodwar but we are handling it. We are working hand in hand with the County Government and they are assisting in containing the situation,” he said.

He stated that the ongoing strike by doctors has complicated things as many are unattended to even when they need the care.

“The ongoing strike by doctors is definitely having an effect on the matter but we are hopeful that the situation will be brought under control,” he stated.

Osugo explained that the pandemic has already been controlled at the Kamiti Prison where one prisoner already died two weeks ago.

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