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Antibiotic capsules were given as a precautionary measure to check the incidence of diarrhoea The authorities said one more case was referred to the Government Hospital on Monday although the health condition of inmates undergoing treatment was normal

TIRUCHI: Even as the health condition of the prisoners admitted at the K.A.P. Viswanatham Government Medical College Hospital here for treatment in the past two days after they complained of acute diarrhoea was said to be normal, a team of doctors screened all the prisoners lodged in the Tiruchi Central Prisons on Monday.

The screening of the inmates, which lasted over two and half hours in the evening, was done as a precautionary measure to ascertain their health condition and detect if there was any fresh case. There are around 2,500 prisoners lodged in the Central Prisons here.

Authorities said that around 40 doctors thoroughly screened the prisoners to whom anti-biotic capsules were given as a precautionary measure to check the incidence of diarrhoea.

Additional Director General of Police (Prisons) V. Balachandran said that in the wake of the incidence at Tiruchi Prison, all Central Prison officials had been instructed to disinfect lavatories, day toilets (outside the cell and inside the prison campus), waste water drains, prison hospitals, kitchen inside the prisons as well as the entire jail premises.

The officials had been asked to adequately chlorinate the drinking water in the prison and get them tested to ascertain its purity. The authorities had embarked on various health and hygiene measures including cleaning up of water sumps besides making arrangements to provide boiled water to the inmates.

A strict watch was being kept in the prison to ensure that no fresh case was reported, a senior jail official said.

The Government Hospital authorities said one more case was referred to the hospital on Monday although the health condition of the prisoners undergoing treatment was normal.

Their health condition is being observed constantly, a senior doctor said adding that they were all recovering.

The authorities say that water contamination could have been the main reason for more number of inmates affected by diarrhoea.

A senior Health Department official here said a team of 15 doctors accompanied by para-medical staff checked over 75 inmates at the prison hospital who were all taken ill with complaints of acute diarrhoea.

They have been kept under close observation at the prison hospital as a precautionary measure though their condition was normal.

Meanwhile, the Collector K. Nanda Kishore visited the prison on Sunday to obtain first-hand information about the health condition of the affected inmates.

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