COVID-19: New prisoners to be quarantined for 14 days – GPS

The Ghana Prisons Service has directed all prison facilities across the country to subject all new admissions to a mandatory 14 days quarantine and thorough screening.

In a yet to be aired interview on Class 91.3 FM’s State of the Nation with Blessed Sogah, Chief Public Relations Officer of the prisons service, Superintendent Courage Atsem detailed a raft of measures being rolled out by the service in response to President Akufo-Addo’s directive for measures to be put in place by institutions for the combat of the further spread of COVID-19 across the country.

“We have over 14,000 inmates across the county. In response to the President’s directive for institutions to put in place measures to contain or to prevent the spread of the virus, the prisons administration has also put in place some arrangements…All new admissions are subjected to thorough screening and quarantined for 14 days and then all persons including officers entering or returning to the facilities are also supposed to be screened,” he said adding “All contact visits are also to be suspended”.

Mr Atsem also revealed that group and church related visits to all facilities across the country have been halted while individual inmates are expected to carry out their religious activities on their own.

The prisons service, however, gave assurances to officer’s inmates and relatives of inmates and the public that adequate arrangements are being made to prevent the spread of the disease in the facilities.

The full interview on State of the Nation airs on Class 91.3FM on Wednesday, 18 March 2020 from 6-7 pm.


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