The organization reiterated that the precarious health conditions inside the detention centers are “far from being solved.” And he recalled that these types of spaces should only house inmates for a period of 48 hours.
Malnutrition and infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis and HIV, continue to be a problem in the country’s police cells. The information was issued by the organization Una Ventana a la Libertad, which focuses on the prison situation in the country.
An investigation carried out by the organization indicates that this information could be concluded, after medical conferences. For this, cells were considered in the Metropolitan Area of Caracas and in the states of Aragua, Carabobo, Miranda, Nueva Esparta, Vargas and Zulia.
The total prison population investigated includes 8,266 inmates in 151 Preventive Detention Centers, he explained.
Of this population, the researchers counted 554 cases of malnutrition (6.7%). To which are added 207 cases of tuberculosis (2.5%), 45 of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (0.6%) and 24 of covid-19 (0.3%).
Una Ventana a la Libertad expressed that, despite not having official figures, due to obstacles in access to information by prison authorities, the team of researchers determined that, between October 2021 and March 2022, at least 18 prisoners died of causes related to health complications.
He reiterated that the precarious health conditions inside the detention centers are “far from being solved.” And he recalled that these types of spaces should only house inmates for a period of 48 hours.
In addition, the NGO explained that of the 151 police cells studied, only 59 have drinking water service (39%). Likewise, only 67 have bathrooms (44%) and 90 have a garbage collection service (59.6%).
“Under these conditions, those deprived of liberty are exposed to these diseases,” he claimed.