Nigeria: Kirikiri Tuberculosis Epidemic Worsens
February 14, 2001
News reports from Nigeria tell of a downhill spiral in health for the inmates of Kirikiri Prisons, and many of the staff are concerned about their own health. Over 1,000 inmates out of a total of 4,208 in both maximum and medium prison facilities are infected with some form of disease, including tuberculosis (TB), scabies, chickenpox, and ringworm. According to a recent report in the Vanguard Daily, Kirikiri's maximum security prison is recording an average of five new TB cases every week.Adapted from:
Africa News Service (www.africanews.org)
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