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Tuberculosis (TB) is fast spreading among prisoners and jailors at prisons around the country with the highest number recorded from the Welikada prison, Commissioner General of prisons Major General V.R Silva told Daily Mirror online.

The prisons chief said that a special ward has now been opened at the Welikada prison to house those suffering from TB with some 70 prisoners and detainees already reported to have contracted the disease.

Major General V.R Silva said that measures have been taken to transfer prisoners suffering with TB to the Welikada prison from prisons around the country in order to contain it from spreading.

Meanwhile Rehabilitation and Prisons Reforms Minister D.E.W Gunasekara visited the Welikada prison today to look into the wellbeing of the prisoners and was briefed on the spread of the disease. (Daily Mirror online)
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  • Monday, 31 May 2010 10:52 AM

    One of the reasons TB spreading fast is due to the non-availability of the drug prescribed for TB with private druggists. It may be that the government wants to ensure that the dosage is properly administered but I have heard a lot of patients lamenting over this that those working in these outlets are lethargic and sometimes patients have to spend the whole day to get them examined and collect their dosage. The Health Department has to take a serious view of this problem.

    Monday, 31 May 2010 11:25 AM

    There was a world wide slogan that the tuberculosis is not a contagious disease and easily curable disease, the bacteria got immunity to Sri Lanka?

    Tuesday, 01 June 2010 12:48 AM

    TB can be treated easly as the patients are captive, nothing much to worry.

    Monday, 31 May 2010 11:29 AM

    This condition never would have happened if a minister was arrested....!!!!

    Tuesday, 01 June 2010 04:07 AM

    Its time for the Authorities concerned to act fast. This is a violation of human rights, although it relates to prisoners. State and the State Officials would be subject to payment of heavy componsation for the damage caused due to their neglegent acts (if any) enabling to spread TB among the inmates. The Officials could also be charged under the provisions of the penal code as contributing to the spread of such a decease.

    Monday, 31 May 2010 03:20 PM

    Great! Now TB as well....what was that the health minister said again?

    Monday, 31 May 2010 03:24 PM

    TB is an airborne disease, so good luck to us all.


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