The death of a 21-year-old man on Saturday, who was lodged in an Indore jail has once again raised questions about medical facilities available for prisoners in the state.
The deceased, identified as Jahid Pathan, was rushed to the Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital after he complained of severe chest and abdominal pain and breathing problem, said jail superintendent Ranjeet Singh Bhati.
“Pathan, an accused in an attempt to murder case, had complained of abdominal and chest problem on July 24 and was examined by a jail doctor,” Bhati told Hindustan Times.
“After the medical check-up, his condition improved and he even appeared in a court for a hearing in the case on July 28", Bhati further said. "On July 30, Pathan once again complained of chest and abdominal pain. He was having breathing problem and was rushed to the hospital on July 31.”
He was admitted on the morning of July 31. Later that he succumbed to his ailment.
Meanwhile, Pathan’s elder brother, Shahid alleged that doctors at the government-run hospital left his brother unattended for an hour due to which his condition worsened.
“Had my brother got timely treatment, he could have been alive now,” he said.
This is second jail inmate who died at the hospital. On June 28, Narendra Singh Tomar, a 30-year-old veterinarian and an accused in the Vyapam scam died in the jail.
Following Tomar’s death, the jail authorities had approached the court for shifting 17 prisoners facing trial in the multi-layered examination and recruitment scam, to some other jail the state h with adequate medical facilities for prisoners.
Commenting on availability of healthcare facilities at the jail, one of the most over-crowded jails in the state Bhati said: “In the name of medical facilities, we only have a single doctor and a dispensary that can accommodate only half a dozen inmates.”
July 24: Jahid Pathan, a 21-year-old accused in an attempt-to-murder case, complains of abdominal and chest pain. He is discharged after the jail doctor examines and clears him
July 30: Pathan once again falls sick and complains of abdominal and chest pain, in addition to breathing problems
July 31: His condition deteriorates further and jail authorities rush him to MY Hospital for treatment
July 31: Doctors at the MY Hospital declared him brought dead. However, Pathan’s brother claims the doctors left him unattended for an hour, which led to his brother’s death