Pune: 30 to 40% prisoners at Yerwada jail suffering from skin disease

A health camp was organised at Pune’s Yerwada Central jail on a request made by Maharashtra charity commissioner Shivkumar Dige

Pune: 30 to 40% prisoners at Yerwada jail suffering from skin disease

  • Doctors from Pune’s Aundh Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS) volunteered to examine the inmates.
  • The health camp was organised on Thursday, July 12. The doctors checked their blood pressure and tested their blood sugar levels, along with doing other medical examinations.
  • Upon doing skin examinations, it was found that many prisoners were suffering from skin diseases.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Health camp chief co-ordinator, Dr Manasi Pawar said, “We conducted this health camp on the appeal made by the state charity commissioner Shivkumar Dige. During this health camp we examined 224 prisoners and also distributed free medications among the prisoners. On physical examination we found that 30 to 40 per cent of prisoners from this lot were suffering from skin ailments.”

She further said, “Due to the prison being filled to capacity, there is a problem of overcrowding in prison cells. Overcrowding and poor hygiene among the prisoners is the primal cause behind the rise in skin diseases. We will organise a special camp for the prisoners who have been diagnosed with skin diseases.”

Dr Gokul Gaikwad, Managing Director, AIMS Pune, Dr Anniruddha Sapre, Head of Department (HOD) of Human Resources, Dr Kishor Tat, Dr Pallavi Rajput, Dr Sachin Gupte, Dr Suvarna Shinde and Dr Sanket Gaikwad volunteered in this health camp.

Maharashtra charity commissioner, Shivkumar Dige, said, “Two months ago, I made an appeal to the hospitals under the charity commission to carry out health camps in jails located in their Zilla. At times, prisoners are unaware that they are suffering from a disease; they too are human beings and deserve access to healthcare. That is why we organised this health camp to address their medical needs.”

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Gokul Gaikwad, Managing Director, AIMS Pune, said, “We had organised a health camp in Pune’s Yerawada prison, after the Charity Commissioners appeal. We have provided free medical treatment to the prisoners. After August 15, we will organise one more health camp for the prisoners and the staff of Yerawada jail.”