Thousands of prisoners may have undiagnosed TB

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AIDS lobby group the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and public interest organisation Section27 delivered the second of two memorandums at the South African TB Conference, which ended on the 13 June 2014 in Durban.

Alongside the formation of an action plan to be shared with the groups, the memorandum demanded, for instance, better and more transparent monitoring of TB in prisons and its role in fueling the country’s larger TB epidemic.

The document also demanded that the DJCS follow the law and abide by its own regulations. A litany of court cases against the former Department of Correctional Services (DCS) warned the department to do the same after judgements found that

Historically, several courts have issued stern warnings to the former Department of Correctional Services that it was failing to, for instance, offer inmates appropriate health care, and regular health education and screenings. Most recently the Constitutional Court said that in contesting allegations of poor health care within its prisons that it was “defending the indefensible”.

“We can’t afford to work with a department that refuses to acknowledge the problem,” Section27 legal researcher John Stephens told Health-e News. “An alcoholic will tell you the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem.“

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