KARACHI - The Sindh High Court on Monday ordered Sindh Health Department and Sindh Aids Control Programme (SACP) to take initiative for providing medical treatment to the inmates, suffering with Aids and HIV, across the province within one month, and submit their reports in the court in the next hearing to be held on May 24. Single bench of Justice Ameer Hani Muslim was hearing a constitutional petition filed by Iqbal Kazmi seeking medical facilities to the prisoners as well as betterment of the jail manual. SACP project manager informed the court that there were 40 inmates in three prisons of the metropolitan including Karachi central prison, Malir district prison, women and juvenile prisons. The representative added that no appropriate medical treatment arrangement has been made for the inmates, suffering with such serious diseases. The number of sufferers would be increased if the negligence attitude of the authorities concerned would not be changed. Similarly, superintendent of Malir district jail Ashraf Nizamani appeared before the court wherein he submitted his report. The report revealed that there were 23 prisoners who were the patients of Aids and among them 4 were Indian district jail. The jail official also admitted in his report that there was no proper medical facility had been provided for such sufferers in the prison. Special home secretary Kamrna Dost, Advocate General Sindh Yousuf Laghari, Sindh health secretary and others also appeared in the court to submit their comments. Laghari told the court that the government has taken initiative and further steps would soon be taken to provide medical facilities to the inmates. Earlier, the petitioner submitted a statement before the court claiming that there were several inmates in different prisons across the province. He mentioned one such case submitted that Abid Hussain Shah, son of Muhammad Idrees, has been jailed in Karachi central jail since 2006. He was arrested on the orders of Sindh home department, however, there was no crime charge against him in Karachi, he was nominated by Lahore police in Act 406. The petitioner also mentioned that he has not been produced before the court so far. He maintained that if the charge against him was proved in the court than he would be punished for at least two years of imprisonment but he has been in jailed for four years. In the constitutional petition, Karzi submitted that cases of HIV were not being attended properly by the jail authorities. He also mentioned the previous SHC order that was issued by the then Chief Justice on August 24, 2006 that ordered Sindh health department to conduct medical test of the inmates to determine the diseases particularly HIV and submit its report but the SHC orders were ignored.