New Delhi, July 20: Around 70 female prisoners of Mumbai’s Byculla Jail have been rushed to city’s JJ Hospital on Friday after suffering from vomiting and abdominal pain. If reports are to be believed, two prisoners are said to be in a serious condition. Also Read - 5 More Test COVID-19+ in Dharavi, 2 of Them Attended Nizamuddin Event; Total Tally Soars to 22
“The prisoners will be kept under observation for at least 48 hours. The reason behind their illness to be ascertained only after reports come,” ANI quoted Dr Wiqar Sheikh as saying. Also Read - Coronavirus in Maharashtra: Mumbai's Dharavi Reports Third Death in Less Than 24 Hours; Area Sealed
Speaking to Indian Express, Inspector General of Prison Rajvardhan Sinha said “Soon after taking the medicine, given by civic health department yesterday as a precautionary measure to prevent cholera, the female inmates started vomiting. However most of them are stable.”
Notably, the medicine was given to prevent the spread of cholera after a 26-year-old female prisoner was diagnosed with the disease in Byculla jail, three days ago.
Civic officials hinted that the possible spread of cholera was limited to the female section of the prison as only female prisoners complained of diarrhoea.