Ten inmates die at Kodiaga Prison
Date: Thursday, September 10, 2009 @ 19:32:44 CDT
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NAIROBI (Collins Anampiu) - Vice president Kalonzo Musyoka Thursday confirmed the death of 10 inmates in Kodiaga prison in the past two months.

The 10 he said have died from a an ailment referred to as gastro enteritis.

However Mr Musyoka said medical personnel have been increased in the prison adding that the treatment accorded to the inmates in the prison is the same as that accorded in public hospitals.

Routine medical camps have been done through public/private partnership to counter the disease suspected to be caused by unhygienic conditions and poor water sanitation.

The VP also acknowledged in parliament that congestion in the prison was to blame for the rampant spread of diseases in the prison as the prison is currently holding 2200 inmates as opposed to the required number of 800 inmates.

He said he would furnish the house with a full report of the alleged human rights abuses in which 300 inmates were paraded naked at the Kamiti maximum prison soon.

medical equipment

Also in parliament the minister for medical services Prof. Anyang Nyong'o was quizzed by members on the state of medical equipment worth 40 million shillings imported in 2006 by Messrs Dor International Limited which were yet to be dispatched to the hospitals following investigations by KACC over the tendering procedure.

Nyong'o said the ministry was finding it hard to take into custody the equipment since the matter was still under investigation by KACC.

Ikolomani MP Bonny Khalwale had sought to know when the minister would take into custody the equipment which are expected to expire next year in which the country stands to loose the 40 million shillings used to purchase the equipments.

Yatta Member of Parliament Charles Kilonzo tabled letters from KACC and the national procurement oversight board allowing the minister for medical services to receive the equipment for distribution.

However the minister dismissed the letters saying he too had received letters from the said bodies but with conflicting ideas rendering the ministry immobile on the matter.

The minister said he had consulted with the two bodies exhaustively and could not get clearance to take the equipment for distribution


This article comes from The kenya weeklypost.com

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