Prisons across the country have only one doctor for every 10,000 inmates
There are only nine doctors currently employed against a total of 141 posts at all jails across the country, according to Inspector General (IG) of Prisons Brig Gen AKM Mustafa Kamal Pasha.
The IG revealed the information while talking to reporters about the prisoners' medical treatment crises during a visit to the Narayanganj District Jail on Monday afternoon.
He, however, assured that the government was working to resolve the matter and improve the health services for the prisoners.
"We have already held meetings with the home and health ministries, The prime minister has given directives in this regard and the work is underway in line with them," he added.
According to the Prisons Department, the prisons across the country are in a grave crisis of physicians with only one doctor for every 10,000 inmates, reports Bangla Tribune.
There are currently 88,149 inmates in the 68 prisons across the country -- which is more than double the capacity with only nine doctors.
Only the Dhaka Central Jail in Keraniganj has two doctors, while the prisons in Kashimpur, Narayanganj, Chittagong, Sylhet, Barisal, Gazipur and Comilla has one doctor each, according to the department.
Officials said the department has been writing to the home and health ministries regarding the crisis for years, but to no avail.
Brig Gen Mustafa on Monday also said that they were also working to implement Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's wish to turn every jail into a rehabilitation centre, rather than a place of punishment, by providing support to the inmates to improve themselves.
During his visit at Narayanganj District Jail, the IG also inaugurated a number of projects for and visited several workshops of the inmates.