Inmates at overcrowded Faridpur prison suffer in the absence of medical facilities

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There is only one pharmacist in Faridpur district prison to serve 914 inmates, as the position of assistant prison surgeon remains vacant for a long time, thanks to the negligence of the authorities.

There are no doctors, diagnostic centers or other medical facilities inside the prison.

In 1825, Faridpur District Jail was established at Jhiltuli on 34 acres of land.

A corrugated iron room is available at the prison to provide medical services to inmates, but it remains unfit for use.

Abdullah Al Mamun, the overseer of Faridpur prison, said there was a capacity of 420 inmates, but currently it had far more than double that: 897 men and 17 women. The position of assistant surgeon remained vacant for a long time.

“If we find a sick prisoner, we take him to Faridpur Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical College and Hospital. In addition, a doctor has been appointed but he is not regular. A senior pharmacist is available to provide them with medical care,” he said.

In addition, three attendees are needed with a patient when he is sent to hospital outside the prison, hampering normal prison activities due to the manpower crisis, a said Al Mamun.

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Pharmacist Ashraful Alam, who is available at the prison to provide first aid, said at least 2-3 doctors are needed to provide health services to inmates.

He also highlighted the need for a permanent hospital for the medical care of the detainees alongside 3-4 nurses and a diagnostic center.

According to district jail sources, some 1,050 inmates have received health services in the past three months and two inmates are undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical College and hospital and one died while undergoing treatment.

Many inmates from other prisons adjacent to Faridpur district have also come here for medical treatment.

Kabirul Islam Siddique, Inspector of Faridpur Prison, said the prison is overcrowded and the number of inmates well above its capacity is a major problem.

“It is true that the detainees are suffering a lot because of the multiple crises, but the authorities concerned should take measures to ensure the medical services for the detainees,” Siddique said.

District Magistrate Atul Sarka said a doctor was attached to the jail and the local administration also visited the jail regularly and inquired about the facilities of inmates.

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