Lahore—IG Prisons Mian Farooq Nazir has said the Prisons Department has taken various steps during the past three years for welfare of prisoners and providing them with medical/treatment facilities in jails.
Talking to media, he said with the help of philanthropists and non-governmental organisations water filtration plants had been installed in 30 jails of the province, electric water-coolers installed in different jails and herbal clinics set up to provide treatment facilities to the prisoners.
He said that the 42 filtration plants, installed at a cost of Rs 500.105 million, would not only provide clean drinking water facility to the inmates but also save them from water-borne diseases.
He said that these filtration plants were also proving to be a great facility for the jail staff and their families, living in the residential areas of the prisons. He said that the process of installation of 20 more filtration plants would be completed soon.
The IG Prisons said that a water-turbine installed at District Jail Multan and the Jail for Women in Multan had been out of order for long. It had been repaired at a cost of Rs 3 million. A new water-turbine has also been installed at the jail for women in Multan at the cost of Rs 4 million.
He said that the Qarshi Foundation Pakistan extended a helping hand for setting up herbal clinics in 18 jails of the province. He said that all medicines and trained tabeebs (hakeems) were being provided at these clinics by the Qarshi Foundation on regular basis.
He said that each clinic was costing the Foundation Rs 150,000 monthly. He said that three more clinics were being set up at Central Jail Mianwalai, District Jail Jhang and District Jail Okara and work would be completed in about two months.
The IG said that with the help of philanthropists, 20,000 blankets were provided to inmates in 2012, 15,850 blankets in 2013, 20,730 in 2014 and 11,000 blankets were provided to prisoners in different jails of the province in 2015 to save them from biting cold.
The IG said to provide cold drinking water facility to prisoners in summer, the Qarshi Foundation and Madina Group of Industries Faisalabad installed 100 electric water-coolers in various jails of Punjab in 2013, at a cost of Rs 2.75 million.