At least 73 female prisoners from Byculla Jail were admitted to JJ Hospital on Friday after they complained of vomiting and abdominal pain.
The patients complained to jail authorities after taking medicine distributed by the civic health department, following which they were rushed to the hospital. Two inmates are said to be in a serious condition.
“Soon after taking the medicine, given by civic health department yesterday as a precautionary measure to prevent cholera, the female inmates started vomiting. However, most of them are stable,” Inspector General of Prison Rajvardhan Sinha told The Indian Express.
The medical superintendent at JJ Hospital Dr. Sanjay Surase confirmed the admission of prisoners to the hospital. Those admitted are expected to remain in the hospital under observation for at least 48 hours.
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Dr. Wiqar Sheikh said that the exact reason behind illness can only be confirmed after the medical reports are received.
According to reports, the inmates were given medicine to prevent the spread of cholera after a 26-year-old female prisoner was diagnosed with the disease in Byculla jail three days ago.
The jail houses 390 male and 210 female inmates. However, the possible spread of cholera is believed to be limited to the female section.
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