Doctors attend to health needs of Maguindanao jail inmates

BANGSAMORO NEWS UPDATES  • Thu Dec 7, 2017 11:04 AM  •  85   0
By John Unson
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Health workers distribute medicines to detainees at the old Maguindanao provincial jail.
Health workers distribute medicines to detainees at the old Maguindanao provincial jail.
COTABATO CITY --- Physicians are now providing continuing health intervention for detainees in the Maguindanao provincial jail here in preparation for their transfer soon in a new facility in the province.

Lynette Estandarte, budget officer of the Maguindanao provincial government, said on Thursday that 342 inmates were served by their team during a day-long medical mission last Tuesday.

The medical outreach activity was facilitated by the People’s Medical Team of the office of Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu.

The provincial government is presently constructing in Buluan, capital town of Maguindanao, a bigger detention and reformatory center for law offenders.
The facility shall have Islamic and Christian worship sites, according to Estandarte.

The facility, expected to be functional by 2018, shall also provide rehabilitation services for detained drug dependents.

Estandarte said their health program for the inmates at the old provincial jail at one side of the Pedro Colina Hill in Cotabato City is to ensure that they are in good health when relocated to the new jail in Buluan.

“Once transferred, they would get from us more extensive humanitarian services because that new facility is very near the office of the governor in Buluan,” Estandarte said.

Besides medicines for common ailments, the 342 inmates the governor’s office provided with medical services on Monday also received hygiene kits and food supplies.

Estandarte said 25 of the 342 inmates they have served were women being prosecuted for various criminal offenses.

“These women will have a good holding area there in the facility the provincial government is presently constructing in Buluan,” Estandarte said.

The old provincial jail, operating for more than seven decades now, is bereft of service facets needed to hasten the reintegration into mainstream society of detainees.
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