RTI information says 29,094 prisoners have been treated from 2000 to 2011
If numbers are any indicator,then the inmates of Chandigarhs only jail,Model Jail Burail,are an unhealthy lot who seem to be falling ill quite too often. According to information obtained under the RTI Act,the jail authorities have got 29,094 prisoners and undertrials treated for their medical ailments from 2000 to 2011.
Moreover,in the past 10 years,the medical expenses of inmates have more than doubled as more of them have been falling ill. While Rs 12.65 lakh was spent in 2001-02,the year 2010-11 saw the jail paying a medical bill of Rs 25.42 lakh.
In the last 10 years,the treatment of jail inmates cost the exchequer over Rs 1.44 crore. All inmates are taken to government medical institutions like PGIMER,GMSH-16,GMCH-32 and dispensaries.
The Burail Jail houses around 650 prisoners and inmates at all times. Many undertrials keep moving out while new ones are brought in.
An analysis of the data provided shows that a large number of prisoners have been treated for heart-related problems,coronary artery disease (CAD) in particular. Other ailments for which inmates have received treatment are eye-related problems and burns. Many of the inmates have also required surgeries.
There are some inmates who have been continuously receiving treatment at PGIMER. Nirmal Singh,a prisoner lodged at the jail,has been suffering from haemophilia. His medical expenses in the past five years have crossed Rs 8.5 lakh.
Apart from this,around 30 inmates are facing drug-related problems. Most of them are drug addicts. They are receiving treatment under a psychiatrist from GMSH-16 or GMCH-16 who visits the jail every week.