Prisoners of HIV, hepatitis positive
A Urdu daily newspaper has published very alarming news story. It reveals that in 12 prisons of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa 108 prisoners have been found HIV aids, hepatitis –B and C positive. These patients of highly fatal diseases cannot be placed at separate places from other prisoners due to financial stringency and these diseases can spread to healthy prisoners.
The immunity level of AIDs HIV patients is very low and they are vulnerable to all infections. They cannot get supportive treatment in jails and would need hospitalization in isolation wards. Likewise, the hepatitis-C patients would need indoor treatment in hospitals and the one with hepatitis-B can get total recovery from the disease with outdoor treatment. Injection and medicines are available for the treatment of hepatitis patients. But regular monitoring through clinical test is also essential during treatment phase. However, these arrangements can be possible only when their release on any legal condition is made possible, on parole or exemption in the tenure of sentences. In the meanwhile, blood screening of other prisoners needs to be done. Moreover, the causes of the infection of these diseases should also be investigated as to whether injectable contrabands are being supplied to jails by the narcotics dealers.