People in prisons have rights to health care: HC
The High Court yesterday observed that people in prisons have rights to health care and the service needs to be provided.
The HC bench of Justice KM Kamrul Kader and Justice Mohammad Ali made the observation when the director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam appeared before it over the recruitment of 48 doctors to the vacant posts in the prisons of the country following a writ petition.
The court also asked the DG to take necessary measures to ensure health services to the citizens round the clock.
The court fixed May 2 for the next hearing over the matter and relieved the DG from appearing before the court in person.
Lawyer MJR Khan Robin appeared for the writ petitioner in the court while Attorney General AM Amin Uddin stood for the DG.
Attorney General AM Amin Uddin requested the court to consider the matter saying that DHGS failed to comply with its directive over the recruitment of 48 doctors to the vacant posts in the prisons due to the Covid pandemic.