KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly was apprised that as many as 2,847 prisoners were suffering from hepatitis and some 84 have AIDS across the province.
During a Question Hour session in the provincial assembly, Minister for Prisons Syed Nasir Hussain Shah told the members that currently 2,847 prisoners were suffering from hepatitis, 84 jail inmates, all males, have AIDS, while 383 men and two women were suffering from chronic diseases in 18 jails of Sindh.
Giving details, he said that 1,200 inmates in the Central Prison Hyderabad were suffering from hepatitis, 171 in Central Prison Karachi, 42 in Central Prison Sukkur, 46 in Central Prison Larkana, 424 in District Prison Mirpurkhas, 154 in District Prison Sanghar, 55 in District Prison Badin, 481 in District Prison Shaheed Benazirabad and 65 at Youth Offenders Industrial School in Karachi till June 2017.
Shah claimed that the Sindh government was now taking all-out measures for the provision of complete medial facilities to jail inmates.
The effected inmates were being kept separately to ensure that others did not catch their diseases, he added.