Prison-prescribed medication worsens prisoner’s condition

[ 11/07/2011 – 04:56 PM ]

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– The family of Naeem Shahda Halaika, a Palestinian currently detained at the Israeli Negev prison, has called on the Red Cross and other rights groups to help see the prisoner gets medical attention after he was afflicted with a massive blood clot in his stomach after taking medicine that worsened a stomach infection.

A few weeks back, Halaika complained of stomach pain before the clinic prescribed him medicine after discovering an acute infection. Afterwards, his stomach began to hemorrhage.

Moreover, the prison doctor stopped the medication to conduct new tests to learn the cause of bleeding without promptly switching to treatment, which worsened his condition.

In a separate development, the Gilboa prison administration has set up internal trial and sentenced prisoner Mahmoud Abdullah al-Arideh to sixty days in isolation with the possibility of a six month extension, for alleged security reasons, prisoners told the Mahjat al-Quds prisoner foundation.

The prisoner has been in isolation since 19 June.

The prisoners also told the foundation that the same prison has decided to isolate another prisoner Mahmoud Saleh Abdul-Raheem, from Tulkarm, for one week after he refused to succumb to the prison’s strip search policy.

In the Ramon prison, detainees say the prison director has been running the prison with an iron fist in an inhumane and unprecedented way.

The prisoners told the Center for Prisoners’ Studies that the director has been provocatively targeting the veteran prisoners using physical assault and forcing those who do not succumb to strip searches into isolation or transferring them to other sectors if they complicate the process. The prison administration has also recently transferred senior prisoners into isolation.

The director of Ramon prison is notorious for not complying to the prisoners’ appeals to perform religious rites and hastily beating and insulting the prisoners and for his ill-treatment of the prisoners when they leave for court or visitation.

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