The largest prison in Mato Grosso do Sul, the Dourados State Penitentiary, is facing a real health crisis. Inmates at the prison complex have been experiencing an outbreak of boils and scabies in recent weeks. A complaint from the state Public Defender’s Office points to overcrowding in cells, restrictions on sunbathing and negligence in medical care for those infected. The unit has around 2,500 inmates, but capacity for 700, according to the defender’s office.
In a note, the State Agency for the Administration of the Penitentiary System (Agepen) claims that “measures have been taken to control and combat the outbreak of scabies and boils identified in the Dourados State Penitence”. Read the agency’s note in full below.
To contain the crisis and mitigate the spread of diseases, the prison made an emergency purchase of a thousand mattresses, replacing old and infected ones, in addition to a thousand new blankets. According to Agepen, the number of infected people decreases, from 580 to 180 this Thursday (1st).
Public defender Cahuê Urdiales was at the penitentiary with an inspection team. At the scene, the representative found overcrowded cells and water rationing. At the prison, the defender also identified a lack of medicine, which prevents the treatment of scabies and boils among prisoners.
“During the inspection, we visited the prison’s health sector. The information about the lack of medication, both antibiotics and invermectin to combat scabies, was provided by the health team itself. There is no medication to dispense to people. The only medication that is being made available is a topical lotion”, presents the scenario, the defender.
According to the defender, the prison’s capacity is approximately 700 people. Currently, almost 2,500 inmates occupy the space, according to information provided by Urdiales.
After the inspection, the public defender’s office and the state government met to outline measures to contain the health crisis in the prison. The defender explained that a specialist doctor was sent to the scene to treat the prisoners.
After the inspection by the Public Defender’s Office, cleaning by a specialized company was carried out in all cells and pavilions of the Dourados State Penitentiary.
Read Agepen’s note in full below:
“Agepen informs that several measures have already been adopted to control and combat the outbreak of scabies and boils identified in the Dourados State Penitence, with occurrences in the unit having already been significantly reduced, from 580 to 180 cases under treatment, thanks to the immediate measures adopted . An increase in the period of sunbathing was authorized in the necessary places, with the purpose of greater collective ventilation; treatment with medication; disintestization and total hygiene of the State Penitentiary (living areas, interior of cells, corridors, rooms), there was also the replacement of old mattresses with new ones; reactivation of the laundry room where bed linen and towels for all inmates are washed. Medicines were made available to the penitentiary for adequate treatment, in addition to the promotion of educational lectures.
It is worth noting that cleaning is carried out by a specialized company in all cells and pavilions of the Dourados State Penitentiary, with continuous application cycles. Cleaning of common areas is carried out by prisoners who work in free cells (redeemed workers), for whom cleaning products (detergent, washing powder, disinfectants, bleach) are made available daily by the prison administration. , garbage bags, among other products).
All inmates entering the penitentiary undergo body hygiene and replacement of their clothing with the standard uniform. Standardization will be extended to the entire prison population, according to planning. In addition, health surveillance was activated, with the purpose of preventive and guidance, to avoid new cases and other illnesses.
The Municipal Health Secretary was asked to provide support from a medical on-call service between 6pm and 10pm, and a nursing technician to be on duty, in addition to the care already provided at the prison’s UBS.
Meetings with infectious disease specialists, doctors and the Penitentiary’s health team, with the purpose of creating health measures and barriers. An emergency purchase of 1,000 new mattresses was carried out, replacing old and infected ones, in addition to 1,000 new blankets.
Hygiene kits are regularly distributed to all prisoners, upon request, which consist of: washing powder, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush and bar soap. These kits are purchased every two months, with a court order, through the 3rd Criminal Court and 8th Public Prosecutor’s Office, and are accounted for in documents.
It is important to clarify that there is a need to close the hydrant for short periods of time to replenish water. In other words, there is a need for water shutoffs so that the tank can be completely filled.”