Inmates in overcrowded Faridpur prison suffer from lack of medical facilities


There is only one pharmacist in Faridpur district prison to serve 914 inmates, as the post of assistant prison surgeon has long remained vacant due to the negligence of the authorities.

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

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

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

Abdullah Al Mamun, supervisor of the prison, said there was a capacity of 420 inmates, but currently has well over double that – 897 men and 17 women.

“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 added.

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

Pharmacist Ashraful Alam, who is available at the prison to provide first aid, said a minimum of two to three doctors are needed to provide health services to inmates.

He also stressed the need for a permanent hospital for the medical care of detainees alongside three to four nurses and a diagnostic centre.

According to district prison 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 also travel there for medical treatment.

Kabirul Islam Siddique, prison inspector, said the prison is overcrowded and the number of inmates far exceeds its capacity, which 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 added.

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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