23 inmates test positive for HIV in Gorakhpur jail | Latest News India - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

23 inmates test positive for HIV in Gorakhpur jail

Hindustan Times, Gorakhpur | ByAbdul Jadid
Feb 28, 2018 10:00 AM IST

The inmates, including a woman, were found to be HIV positive during health camps conducted in jail over the past several months.

Twenty-three inmates, including a woman, have tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in Gorakhpur district jail over the months and are being treated in a hospital, an official said.

23 inmates, including a woman, tested HIV positive during health camps conducted time to time in Gorakhpur district jail.(Shutterstock)
23 inmates, including a woman, tested HIV positive during health camps conducted time to time in Gorakhpur district jail.(Shutterstock)

“The inmates were found to be HIV positives during health camps conducted time to time to examine the health of prisoners. They are now undergoing treatment at the BRD Medical College (in Gorakhpur),” said jail superintendent Ram Dhani Muni.

Now catch your favourite game on Crickit. Anytime Anywhere. Find out how

The camps were conducted over the past several months on the direction of deputy inspector general (jail) Yadvendra Shukla, Muni said.

The jail superintendent however did not reveal how and when so many inmates contacted the deadly virus.

The disclosure about the HIV positive cases in Gorakhpur jail comes nearly three weeks after it was reported that since July 2017, 58 people had tested positive for the virus in Unnao district, and another five were found to be HIV reactive, which means they might develop the infection later.

Most of the HIV-infected inmates include those under trial, besides those serving jail sentences, the superintendent said.

As many as 1400 were examined in the camps, he said. Another 400 prisoners will be examined in camps to be held later, he added.

The Gorakhpur district jail has over 1800 prisoners.

During the camps, dozens of inmates were found suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease too. They were treated at the jail hospital, he said.

As the HIV infected inmates were more likely to slip into depression, the jail authorities sought the help of counsellors, the prison official said.

Get World Cup ready with Crickit! From live scores to match stats, catch all the action here. Explore now!

See more

Get Current Updates on India News, Budget 2024, Weather Today along with Latest News and Top Headlines from India and around the world.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Friday, June 21, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On