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Poor medical care in Khost jail killing inmates: Kin

Poor medical care in Khost jail killing inmates: Kin

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Jun 15, 2019 - 15:51

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): A number of inmates’ families in southeastern Khost province accuse officials of the central prison of paying no attention to their jailed relatives’ healthinfo-icon.

Muhiuddin, a shopkeeper in Khost City, said his uncle Kazemuddin had been sentenced to six years imprisonment and he had completed four and a half years of his jail-term.

He said his uncle was diabetic if the jail authorities did not provide him basic treatment and medicine, it would produce bad consequences.

According to Muhiuddin, his uncle’s condition is deteriorating and doctors say his treatment is impossible in Khost and officials of the prison are not allowing him to get better treatment elsewhere.

Abdullah Jan, 65, an inmate in the Khost central jail, died on the day 3rd of Eid-ul-Fitr as a result of high pressure. His relatives say his treatment was not possible inside the prison so he lost his life.

On the other hand, the Independent Human Rights Commission office in the southeast also confirmed the poor healthcare issue in Khost prison.

Saif RahmanNiaz, a member of the human right office, told Pajhwok Afghan News that medical services provided to the prisoners were not enough.

Nizai said they had shared the issue with the governor and other authorities concerned but no action happened in this regard.

Saleh Mohammad Sherzai, head of the prison, rejected these claims but said the only problem was overcrowded cells.

Sherzai explained the prison had the capacity to accommodate 240 people but they kept 700 inmates who availed inadequate health services.

Talibinfo-icon Mangal, the governor’s spokesman, acknowledged the issue and linked it with smallness of the prison.

He said they had shared the issue with the provincial Public Health Department to provide best and enough services to inmates with available resources.

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