Six inmates in Ankara prison suffer food poisoning

Six inmates suffered food poisoning following a meal at a women’s prison in Turkey’s capital Ankara, Artı Gerçek news site reported.

The inmates at Sincan Women’s Prison were treated by prison health staff after they began to suffer nausea, the news site quoted one inmate’s mother as saying.

One inmate was hospitalised after her symptoms persisted, it said.

"They should have more of a conscience,’’ the mother said, referring to prison officials. "I don’t know what they put their food, but these women suffered a bad case of food poisoning.”

The conditions in Turkey’s prisons have been in the spotlight since Turkey’s first brush with the coronavirus pandemic in March. Turkish parliament in April passed a bill allowing for the release of one third of the country's 330,000 inmates from overcrowded prisons.

The EU Commission’s 2018 report on Turkey stated overcrowding and deteriorating prison conditions continued to be “a source of deep concern”.