Prisoners in Andhra Pradesh will receive medical attention in corporate hospitals on par with the general population . The YSR Arogyasri scheme is the first of its kind in the United States .
VISAKHAPATNAM: If the government hospitals do not have the facilities or treatment for any health problem, prisoners in Andhra Pradesh will receive medical attention in corporate hospitals on par with the general population.This is the first of its kind in the United States.Prisoners were allowed to receive medical attention under the YSR Arogyasri scheme, according to the state government.To avail of the program, it will issue Arogyasri cards to all prisoners, including prisoners and remand prisoners, regardless of the offenses or sections in which they are remanded or convicted, and their socioeconomic status.683, ten days earlier.In the network hospitals, the prisoners will be considered to be below the poverty line (BPL) and will receive free care for all the illnesses listed under the Arogyasri scheme.The state has 7000 prisoners, out of which around 4000 prisoners are held in 115 different category jails, including four central jails at Vizag, Rajahmundry, Kadapa, and Nellore, as well as approximately 100 sub-jails, seven district jails, a womens prison, and an open jail.According to reports, Vizag and Kadapa central jails have over 1000 prisoners, including convict and remand, while Rajahmundry central jail has around 2000 prisoners, while Nellore has 600. Prisons Inspector General I Srinivasa Rao told that Prisons DG Ahsan Reza worked very hard to provide this facility to the prisoners.When treatment is not available in the prison hospitals or other public health facilities, this facility will provide free treatment to all prisoners.According to him, prisoners can receive medical attention at the nearest network private hospitals as part of the Arogyasri scheme.The prison superintendents will install a digital health card on the prisoners to use the facility. If prisoners do not have a card, the CMCO (chief ministers camp office) referral card issued by the concerned district coordinator of trust will be issued.The hospitals could be compelled to locate a prisoners ward in one room of the hospital or local police may deploy armed guards to the hospital, according to reports.