31 October 2008


Isolation Wards Vital in TB Fight

Five months after a specialised facility for multi-drug resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) patients was established at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, the lack of isolation wards is raising concerns.

"This is not the best place; TB is a highly infectious disease," Catherine Koskei, a matron working at the facility, told IRIN. "The patients need to be restricted."

Titus Kyalo - 'Wanted to Go Into the Forest and Be Alone'

Titus Kyalo, 36, is receiving treatment in a tent in Kenyatta National Hospital for multi-drug resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and spoke to IRIN/PlusNews about his life since the diagnosis:

"I was diagnosed with TB on 4 July 2006 after becoming very sick. I went to hospital and I was given some medicine and I received daily injections for five months, but I did not feel better; instead, the drugs affected my liver and I was admitted in hospital for one-and-a-half weeks.