Two under-trials, four other inmates test positive for dengue in Tihar Jail
Even though authorities in Tihar Jail have claimed to intensify preventive measures to check breeding of Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes — the main carrier of the dengue virus, half a dozen inmates including two under-trails have been detected positive and more than a dozen are suffering from high fever.
According to sources, last week two <g data-gr-id="35">under-trails</g> in their early twenties who were sent to <g data-gr-id="49">Tihar,</g> were found suffering from high fever during their medical check-up. Observing few other symptoms of dengue, they were made to undergo few tests in which they were found to be positive.
“Soon after they were found positive for dengue, they were admitted to Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital where they are undergoing treatment. Initially, the condition of the two <g data-gr-id="40">undertrails</g> were serious as the platelets count was very low but after appropriate treatment their condition is stated to be out of danger on Wednesday,” the source added. The source, however, refused to disclose the identities of the duo under-trails as they were booked for heinous crimes, including murder.
Speaking to Millennium Post, a senior official in Tihar Jail said: “We are keeping a regular tab on the health of each inmate including the <g data-gr-id="41">undertrails</g> <g data-gr-id="45">specially</g> after dengue has hit the city. Recently, four other inmates were found suffering from high fever and later they were diagnosed with dengue.”
According to Tihar officials, preventive measures have been taken inside the Tihar Jail complex to combat the deadly disease. All the inmates have been instructed to wear <g data-gr-id="42">full-sleeves</g> clothes to avoid mosquito bites. “Mosquito screens have been installed on the windows and ointments have been issued to all prisoners,” the official added.
Tihar Jail complex is spread over 400 acres, comprising nine jails and has more than 14,500 inmates, more than double its capacity of 6,250. About 650 prisoners are women, 500 are foreigners and about 75 <g data-gr-id="43">per cent</g> of all inmates are undergoing or awaiting trial.