Palakkad: A remand prisoner died at the district hospital here on Thursday after allegedly drinking sanitiser which he mistook for alcohol, jail authorities said.

Ramankutty, who was lodged in the jail here as a remand prisoner since February 18, was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday morning after he collapsed inside the prison.

"We suspect that he drank a bottle of sanitiser which are manufactured in the jail premises (by the prisoners) as per the instructions of the state government," a senior jail official told PTI.

He was normal on Tuesday night and was also present for the roll call on Wednesday but collapsed at around 10.30 AM, officials said. Prison authorities use Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) as the major content of the hand sanitiser.

Police said they have registered a case and the exact cause of death would be known only after postmortem.

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Mangaluru: In a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus in Dakshina Kannada, district administration and Department of Health has set up 13 ‘Fever Clinics’ across the district.

All the 13 Fever Clinics are now operational and public can get benefitted from them.

They are at Taluk hospitals in Bantwal, Belthangady, Puttur and Sullia; District Wenlock Hospital in Mangaluru and in eight medical colleges - A J College at Kuntikana, Fr Muller Medical College Hospital, KMC-Attavar, Yenepoya Medical College Hospital-Deralakatte, Srinivas Medical College Hospital-Mukka, KS Hegde Charitable Hospital-Deralakatte, KVG Medical College Hospital-Sullia and Kanachur Medical College Hospital at Natekal.