Guam – Its not an epidemic, the number of inmates afflicted with Hepatitis C is “significantly less” according to DOC Acting Director Samantha Brennan than what DOC former Medical Director Doctor Larry Lizama previously reported.
But DOC did not indicate what “significantly less” means, as the number of infected inmates and detainees were not disclosed.
In a release Brennan stated that the department worked with Lizama over the week coming to this conclusion, so PNC reached out to the doctor to gain a clearer picture of the situation which was kept under wraps and he is standing by his number that he saw 100 Hepatitis C patients incarcerated at DOC.
“I don’t know what they did whether they broke them down into inmates and detainees I don’t you know again my numbers reflect the actual list of patients I treated I don’t divide them as inmates or detainees,” stated Lizama.
Doctor Lizama stressed that the numbers he provided to the Governor was from his time under former DOC Director Tony Lamorena and he has not been made privy to any changes since leaving his full time appointment at DOC.
Meanwhile in a release Brennan shared, “We are aware of the various treatment options and the corresponding costs. Through our partnership with the Guam Memorial Hospital, we are working to address any quality of care and funding issues. Further stating that DOC is committed to assuring that every individual confined at DOC receives appropriate and adequate healthcare.”
As you may recall Governor Lou Leon Guerrero also emphasized the importance of treating inmates infected with the deadly liver disease to ensure that the infection does not spill out into the community.