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Prisoner denied TB treatment

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 01 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:0108269b

Deborah Cohen Manchester

Amnesty International has expressed concern about a seriously ill prisoner in Pakistan who has been denied treatment for tuberculosis. Former air force officer Akram Awan, who was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for “antistate” activities after an unfair trial, is endangering his own life as well as that of prison staff and inmates.

Tuberculosis is spread by airborne droplet infection placing …

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