Curbing TB in South Africa’s prisons remains a challenge

Prisons are a breeding ground for the spread of communicable diseases. Just for the quarter October – December 2014, the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services (JICS) received 11 reports of natural deaths caused by TB,[4] a preventable and treatable disease.

“Prisons are a breeding ground for the spread of communicable diseases. Just for the quarter October – December 2014, the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services (JICS) received 11 reports of natural deaths caused by TB, a preventable and treatable disease. Worldwide, the prevalence of TB is alarmingly high in prisons compared to the general population.”

WJP intern – Unathi Mahlati – gives an overview of the TB epidemic in South African correctional centres. Read the article as it appeared in the June issue of HIV Nursing Matters of the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society, here.

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