Roberto Urquia, who works in the Juticalpa prison infirmary, brings his own water and boils it to make is safe.
"About 25 percent of the inmates have chronic gastrointestinal problems," he said.
On January 16, Honduras' Congress approved building a new prison at Comayagua with $60 million borrowed from a local bank.
"They had the ability to do such business while the inmates have no water or medication," said Odalis Najera, commissioner for the National Office to Prevent Torture, an organization created by the U.N. to monitor Honduran prisons. "The situation that each and every one of them is living is equivalent to torture."