At a medical camp in the women’s wing of the Bangalore Central Jail on Thursday, doctors found that anaemia, hypertension and depression were widespread among the inmates.
While doctors were not upfront about the kind of health conditions prevalent in the prison, which houses 150 women, inmates who spoke to The Hindu said that hygiene and water supply were two prime concerns.
Besides, they said that sanitary napkins and undergarments for women were generally in short supply, implying that health conditions related to poor sanitation were common here.
Speaking at a function before the camp commenced, Srinivasan V., a doctor from a private hospital, said the camp focussed on diagnosing cardiovascular disease. Depression was common, and around 70 per cent of the women inmates suffered from insomnia, he said.
The camp was organised by the Foundation for Restoring Human Dignity, which provides free medical care.
Ratna Vijay, gynaecologist, said that anaemia and pelvis inflammatory disease (PID) were common. The foundation handed over medicines worth Rs. 1.2 lakh to Vijayakumar, Prison Chief Health Officer. Dr. Vijayakumar pointed out that owing to water problem, skin allergies were common in the prison.
L. Revanasiddaiah, former DGP, and Veerendra Simha, Chief Superintendent of the jail, were present. Manipal Hospital, Panacea Hospital and Blossom Hospital participated in the camp.