245 ill prisoners awaiting medical treatment across Pakistan: report

ISLAMABAD (HRNW) It has been revealed in an official report that more than 245 ill prisoners across Pakistan await medical treatment as their cases remain pending before provincial home departments.

According to a report by the Ministry of Human Rights its also revealed that of these, 232 cases are from Sindh and the remaining 12 are from Punjab. The report was presented by Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari before the Islamabad High Court on Thursday. The report was recently made public.

According to the report, as many as 5,189 prisoners across the country were infected with lethal diseases such as HIV/Aids or Hepatitis C. Of these, 425 were infected with HIV/Aids while some 1,832 were suffering different forms of hepatitis.

It pointed to the lack of medical equipment and ambulances, untrained prison staff and inadequate coordination with health departments as major reasons behind these cases.


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