Prisoners Facing Problem Due to Lack of Health Workers

  January 1, 2021 By: INSEC

There is a problem in the treatment of the inmates of Tanahu Prison due to the lack of health workers. The inmates have been deprived of regular health care services after the health workers were transferred to other places during the adjustment process in September last year.

Narayan Adhikari, Information Officer at Tanahu Prison, said that the inmates were deprived of regular health care services as there was a vacant place for a health worker at Tanahu Prison.

“At present, there is an AHW post in the prison but no health workers have come,” he said.

According to the official, the inmates have been suffering from various health problems due to the cold weather.

The 105-capacity prison currently has a total of 269 inmates, including 187 inmates and 82 detainees.

Overcrowding and overcrowding have led to more skin diseases, as well as health problems such as colds, coughs, and viral fevers, officials said.

Due to the lack of health workers, four or five inmates have to be brought to the hospital for health check-up daily due to various diseases, said Bishnu Hari Ghimire, the leader of the inmates.

He said that now he has to go to the hospital for treatment of common ailments due to fear of infection in the case of COVID-19.

The official said that the inmates should be taken for health check-up only after requesting a vehicle from the District Police Office as the prison does not have its own vehicle.

Chief of the Health Office, Tanahun, Shankar Babu Adhikari, said that the decision of the health workers to come to the prison has been finalized but they did not know the reason for the delay.

Prakash Chandra Bhattarai