We'll report on why TB high among prisoners'

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 03 Apr 2014

THE Home Ministry will report on the high number of tuberculosis (TB) cases among inmates in prisons, particularly Kajang Prison, says Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junai­di Tuanku Jaafar.

“Following discussions with Su­hakam (Human Rights Commis­sion of Malaysia) last month, it will prepare a detailed report on the matter,” he told Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin (PKR-Bukit Katil), who claimed that 88% of the inmates in Kajang Prison were infected with tuberculosis, a contagious airborne disease which is still posing a major health problem worldwide.

Dr Wan Junaidi said a meeting would also be held among the Prisons Department and the Health and Human Resources ministries to address the issue.

“A report will be presented in the Dewan when completed,” he said.

Earlier, Dr Wan Junaidi said Ma­laysia had one of the “best-rated prisons in the region”, which had become a model for Asian nations.

He said this was based on assessments by a UN team and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) after their visits to se­veral prisons last year.

On the daily upkeep of a prisoner, he said RM35 was needed to cover cost of food, medical, emolument, utilities and facilities.

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