Albuquerque, NM, 03\/25\/2019 ,Many people look at a topic such the medical care of prison inmates with measured indifference or outright disdain. The subtext readsthey deserve what they get. This social indifference to inmates health offers a guide for policy with repercussions in a context. An article in the Oxford University Press on clinical diseases noted that one in 30 3 adults in the US was in jail, jail, or on probation or parolea total of seven million individuals. Regarding infections in prisons, the article states. In comparison with the general public inmates have an elevated incidence of hepatitis C virus infection, hepatitis B virus infection, human immunodeficiency virus disease, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis disease.
While incarcerated, inmates are at a heightened risk for the purchase of blood borne methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection, sexually transmitted diseases, pathogens, and infection with organisms Tuberculosis, influenza virus, and varicella zoster virus.”. Prison offenders are not only vulnerable to one another, they’re also exposed to jail guards and staff and, that upon exiting the correctional configurations where they work return daily to their communities and households and if their health conditions are not dealt using they go to disperse them in the general populace.
Therefore, the recognition and treatment of infectious diseases among prisoners is something which should concern all of us. According for an article published in the Albuquerque Journal in December 2015 approximately 50% of the inmates in the State’s jail system have Hepatitis C. Similarly high rates of Hepatitis B have also persisted among New Mexico prison and jail inmates. New Mexico in Depth published an article entitled, An Ignored Epidemic in New Mexico’s Prisons which further emphasized the problem and the indifference: even though state’s inmates have the highest incidence of hepatitis C of any group in New Mexico more than four in 10 are infected the prisons are hardly treat any of them: Out of some 3, 000 prisoners diagnosed using the disease, just 46 received treatment for hepatitis C throughout the 2018 fiscal year. They’re locked in for their crimes, but the life saving medications that they need have been largely locked out.”. The article goes on to note, If the prisons are prepared for change, it might be compelled upon them in reference to the growing lawsuits filed against the New Mexico Corrections Department and its own private health contractors entrusted with the health care of those in New Mexico’s penal system and by extension the State of New Mexico. Other types of infectious disease also have a tendency to have a very high incidence in prisons and jails as reported above.