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

HM Epstein hmepstein at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 18 23:42:45 UTC 2017


I think those are all good questions, Peggy. And the fact that they've arrested two nurses begs the question of how many others were harmed. 

It reminds me about the controversy regarding the CDC, the IDSA, ilads, and Lyme disease. I'm a person who believes that Lyme and other tickborne infections are under diagnosed and under treated (even the CDC says only one in 10 ever get diagnosed) because I've seen so many people suffer until they've gotten proper treatment. But the one thing I told everyone in New York and Connecticut who came to me for advice on the topic, avoid any physician who tests you himself using his own laboratory, diagnoses you, and then requires you to come back to his own private treatment center. I had visions of dozens of people being hooked up for 40 minutes to 2 hours each on IV ABX and no independent verification whether they needed it or not. 
Best,
Helene 

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On Jan 18, 2017, at 6:09 PM, Peggy Zuckerman <peggyzuckerman at gmail.com> wrote:

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

Peggy Zuckerman
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> On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 8:32 AM, HM Epstein <hmepstein at gmail.com> wrote:
> Fascinating. In Kenya, if you are suspected of misdiagnosing someone, you get arrested! Good idea or bad?
> 
> Best,
> Helene
> http://allafrica.com/stories/201701180056.html
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> Kenya: Police Arrest Second Nurse in Esther Mwakazi HIV Misdiagnosis Saga
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> 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.
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> A source told the Daily Nation that the suspect presented herself at the Diani Police Station after a warrant for her arrest was issued.
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> "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.
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> She is the second nurse to be charged for the misdiagnosis on Ms Mwakazi after another nurse was arrested and charged in Kwale courts.
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> 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.
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> GET JUSTICE
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> "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.
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> Mr Omondi said his wife was now set to get justice, with the arrest of the suspect.
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> "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.
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> He wondered why a health worker would put a person on antiretroviral drugs yet they are not HIV positive.
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> He urged Kenyans to seek a second and even third opinion after being tested.
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> "There must be nongovernmental organization funding discordant couples no wonder the nurse put my wife on the ARV's," he added.
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