Faezeh Abdipour, who is also the wife of detained Gonabadi Dervish, Mohammad Sharifi Moghadam, said in a tweet on February 7 that “from 70 prisoners detained in Fashafuyeh Prison’s Section 4, 40 prisoners were suffering from tuberculosis”.
Their symptoms include coughing and throwing up blood.
Abdipour said that there were previously similar reports of an HIV outbreak in Fashafuyeh Prison, known for its appalling conditions and lack of hygiene.
Conditions have become even more horrifying after mass arrests of protesters in recent protests. Many detained protesters in the capital were transferred to Fashahfuyeh, located 20 miles south of Tehran.
According to Hassan Khalil Abadi, a member of the Tehran City Council, the prison lacks basic facilities and prisoners are subjected to very hard conditions.
Rasoul Hoveida, a doctor and a Gonabadi Dervish detained in Fashafuyeh Prison since 2018, had said previously that the prison, which holds 15,000 prisoners, has “very few medical facilities and medicine”. He also said that the medical clinic was not sterile.
There were also reports that more than 180 prisoners are forced to stay in cells that are meant for 80 prisoners. Prisoners sleep for only a few hours in the hallways, near restrooms, and under beds due to the lack of space.