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IGMH doctors to provide direct treatments in jail

Ahmed Aiham
04 February 2019, MVT 16:23
Inmates conducting road side work as Correctional Officers observe. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
04 February 2019, MVT 16:23

Maldives Correctional Services (MCS) and Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH) to start providing medical services to inmates imprisoned at a MCS prison.

An agreement was signed by the two institutions to provide medical services for convicts.

"Each week, doctors will visit the jail two or more times to provide treatment. Sometimes dermatologists. Other times dentists. Likewise, doctors specialized in different diseases will go", stated the Spokesperson from MCS.

The agreement between MCS and IGMH

- Arrangements should be made to keep inmates separate from public when admitted for treatment

- Specialists must visit jails.

- Allocate two specialized rooms for inmate admittance

- A special quota of doctor appointments per day for inmates

Maafushi prison houses over 1000 inmates. A majority of these inmates request treatment for skin and dental related issues. A dermatologist is scheduled to visit Maafushi Prison on Tuesday.

According to MCS, roughly 30 inmates seek medical treatment on a daily basis. Three inmates are currently admitted in hospitals and 12 inmates have signed up for surgical operations.

Providing adequate healthcare to inmates is one of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's pledges.

All prisons are mandated to have a resident doctor.

While many inmates have died in imprisonment, their families have blamed the deaths on inadequate medical treatment provided by the government.

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