The toll of sick prisoners is rapidly rising daily

Aurangabad : In a stunning revelation it has been found that as many as 250 inmates of the Harsul Jail are hit by swine flu and are showing many symptoms of the disease, after which the allegedly swine flu hit prisoners have been separated from others and shifted to isolated barracks in the jail.

The toll of swine flu hit prisoners is rapidly rising which has put other prisoners in danger on the one hand and doubled the trouble for the jail authorities on the other hand.

The jail sources said that for the past three days a massive group of prisoners is shifted to these barracks. The authorities in the evening confirmed the shifting of the infected prisoners from the other inmates on ”medical grounds”.

They are complaining about severe body pains, high fever, running nose and sore throat.

Jail superintendent Vinod Sekhdar said, “There are some prisoners who have complained of viral like symptoms including fever and running nose. They have been separated from the other inmates, so that the others do not get infected with it.”

The jail sources in the prison said that the affected inmates have been shifted to separate barracks and fearing infection, the senior officials are now avoiding routine visit to these barracks.

The reports of suspected swine flu symptoms have been denied by the medical officer posted there.

Prison based medical officer Dr Bhaskar Shinde said, “At this stage we cannot come to the conclusion that the inmates are suffering from swine flu.

They are being treated for viral infection and a couple of them, who did not respond to the treatment, were referred to the Government Medical College and Hospital.   The

inmates who are not feeling well have been shifted to other barracks so that they are given proper medication.”

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