Health Service assures politician that prisoners are kept in good conditions in Vitsebsk detention center

2013 2013-05-13T15:39:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Having served five days of arrest at the Vitsebsk detention center for spreading leaflets with invitation to Freedom Day rally, the head of the Vitsebsk regional branch of the Belarusian Popular Front Party Leanid Autukhou had to apply for medical assistance.

According to the politician, he was taken to the detention center completely health, but was diagnosed with infectious quinsy after getting out. Leanid Autukhou thinks he most probably caught the disease at the detention center, that's why he asked the health service to check the implementation of the sanitary norms at this institution.

"I think that I was infected while being kept in custody at the detention center, due to the negligence of its staff and the improper organization of the maintenance of sanitary and epidemiological norms by its administration. Taking into account that many citizens are placed in the detention center everyday, it can become a source for mass contraction of people," pointed Mr. Autukhou.

Recently the activist received an answer signed by the deputy chief physician of the Vitsebsk Regional Center of Hygiene Aliaksei Audzeyeu. The official informed him that an inspection of the sanitary and hygienic state of the detention center had been conducted and no violations had been found. The cells are allegedly equipped with all necessary facilities and the temperature in them was +20-22 degrees Celsius at the moment of the examination.

"Before being placed to the detention center, all persons are questioned by a medical officer or a guard about the state of their health and are examined on scabs, lice and infectious diseases... You cell mates didn't complain about the state of their health and ambulance wasn't called for them. According to the information of the registers of "Primary examination and registration of medical assistance to the persons taken to the detention center", there weren't registered any cases of infectious diseases for the passed period of 2013."