Kenya: Police Arrest Second Nurse in Esther Mwakazi HIV Misdiagnosis Saga

Peggy Zuckerman peggyzuckerman at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 18 23:09:48 UTC 2017

Must wonder if this was due to carelessness, patient ID problems, or some
financial incentive to proscribe unnecessary drugs.  I am, however,
reminded of the very broad disaster to many patients by a would-be
oncologist in the Detroit area, who prescribed, provided and 'treated' his
patients with chemo drugs, whether they had a cancer or not.

Wondering how a patient might protect himself in any of these situations.
Certainly, when the patient can see the full medical record, the recorded
thinking as to the diagnosis and tests, plus confirm that he/she is the
patient in the record, all of that could be helpful!

Peggy Zuckerman

On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 8:32 AM, HM Epstein <hmepstein at> wrote:

> Fascinating. In Kenya, if you are suspected of misdiagnosing someone, you
> get arrested! Good idea or bad?
> Best,
> Helene
> Kenya: Police Arrest Second Nurse in Esther Mwakazi HIV Misdiagnosis Saga
> By Winnie Atieno
> Police in Diani have arrested a nurse who is suspected to have
> misdiagnosed a woman during a HIV test in mid-July last year.
> Ms Esther Mwakazi was misdiagnosed in a Kwale public hospital and put on
> ARVs for three months, together with her one-year-old son. She is now
> seeking justice after another test by a government agency found that she
> was negative.
> Diani OCPD Patrick Oduma confirmed the arrest, saying the suspect, a
> nurse, was arrested on Tuesday and she will be charged in court on
> Wednesday. However Mr Oduma did not explain where or how she was arrested.
> A source told the Daily Nation that the suspect presented herself at the
> Diani Police Station after a warrant for her arrest was issued.
> "She is in police custody. We have been hunting her down ever since the
> story appeared in the Daily Nation in October. I don't have the charges as
> at now but she will be charged in court tomorrow (Wednesday)," said Mr
> Oduma.
> She is the second nurse to be charged for the misdiagnosis on Ms Mwakazi
> after another nurse was arrested and charged in Kwale courts.
> Ms Mwakazi's husband Fredrick Omondi said his wife was tested by the nurse
> at the Diani Health Centre in Kwale County, where she was declared HIV
> positive.
> "A senior official of the Kenya National Union of Nurses in Kwale County
> has been sabotaging our efforts to get justice ever since the misdiagnosis.
> But I am glad the suspect has been arrested," Mr Omondi told the Nation.
> Mr Omondi said his wife was now set to get justice, with the arrest of the
> suspect.
> "She is the one who confirmed my wife's status. She brought the nightmare
> in the life of my wife who has suffered a lot. We pursued this matter with
> my wife in order to enable other people who have been misdiagnosed get
> justice," he said.
> He wondered why a health worker would put a person on antiretroviral drugs
> yet they are not HIV positive.
> He urged Kenyans to seek a second and even third opinion after being
> tested.
> "There must be nongovernmental organization funding discordant couples no
> wonder the nurse put my wife on the ARV's," he added.
> *Sent from my iPhone*
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