Prisoner Denied Medical Treatment Diagnosed with Terminal Cancer

News from Colombia | on: Monday, 20 December 2010

On December 20th 2010, Jose Albeiro Manjarres was taken to hospital and diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer requiring urgent surgery. His fellow inmates at the Giron High Security Prison claim he had been denied proper treatment since July 2010, when he first began complaining of stomach pains, vomiting, loss of appetite and severe weight loss.

According to the prisoners, the Colombian prison authorities diagnosed the illness as a routine gastritis, and prescribed him Omeprazole, a drug used to treat dyspepsia. In reaction, his fellow inmates went on hunger strike, but still the prison authorities denied Jose Albeiro proper medical examination and treatment, which the prisoners argue, caused him extreme pain, and has seriously affected his chances of surviving his illness.

Colombian authorities have also denied medical treatment to imprisoned human rights defender Carmelo Agamez, who, in February 2010, was refused permission for urgent dental treatment by the Deputy Attorney General.

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