At least 35 prisoners of Bagerhat district jail fell sick this morning due to food poisoning after they were provided with improved diets yesterday on the occasion of Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the Bangla calendar.
Of them, 20 of the sick prisoners were admitted to Sadar Hospital as they have been suffering from stomach upset and constant vomiting, reports our Bagerhat correspondent.
Acting RMO of the hospital, Dr Kuheli Begum, said that 20 prisoners were admitted to their hospital at 8:00am as they were suffering from mass diarrhea.
Jail Super Mohammad Amanullah also confirmed that nearly 35 of his jail inmates fell sick due to food poisoning. But unofficial sources said the number of prisoners who fell ill would be about a hundred.
They said the prisoners were served with traditional panta bhat (watery rice and hilsa), a popular dish combination taken at the dawn of the first of Bangla New Year.
The standard of the food was fine; however, it might have happened due to the drinking water crisis in the jail, the jail official added.
According to the sources, the prisoners developed digestion and vomiting problems last night and their problems turned serious later in the morning.
Meanwhile, a team of physicians from the Sadar Hospital entered the district jail, which has a total of 541 prisoners, to see the condition of the other prisoners.