TB MORTALITY RATE IN PRISONS 9 TIMES HIGHER THAN OUTSIDE, MINISTRY OF HEALTH
Astana. July 27. Interfax-Kazakhstan - Kazakhstan's prison population has a 9-times higher mortality from tuberculosis than the general society, said Acting Chairman of the Board of State Sanitary and Epidemiological Surveillance Aizhan Esmagambetova.
"The incidence of tuberculosis in prisons is 7 times above the sick level in the civil society, while TB mortality rate is 9 higher," she told Interfax-Kazakhstan.
Esmagambetova noted that "the TB monitoring in the prison system 2011 shows a 22.3% decline in TB incidence among inmates and 34.7% drop in the mortality level."
According to her, Kazakhstan, in general, has a steady downward trend of tuberculosis mortality, a decrease of 60% since 1999.
"Last year this figure fell by 20.8% to 8.4 vs. 10.6 in 2010 per 100,000 people," said the representative of the Ministry of Health.
Kazakhstan's prison population reaches 40,000 people.