Prisons Department restricts visits to detention facilities
AUGUST 26, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
Public Relations Officer of the Sierra Leone Prisons Department has disclosed that as a proactive measure to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus to detention facilities across the country, they have indefinitely halted the visit of relatives and friends to inmates.
Mohamed Opito Jimmy said the decision by the department, coupled with other stringent measures put in place since the outbreak of the virus in May, will ensure that no prisoner across the 17 prisons facilities in the country contracts the disease.
“Prisoners across the country are safe from the deadly Ebola virus. I must say that we receive daily updates from Kailahun and Kenema and no prisoner has been confirmed to have contracted the virus. This is due to stringent measures put in place by the authorities,” said Mr. Jimmy.
He added that in order to ensure no prisoner contracts the disease, they have setup Ebola Observation Units in all the prison facilities that perform thorough checks on prisoners on a daily basis.
“I can proudly say that as of now our prison facilities across the country are totally free from the Ebola virus. A Task Force Team headed by doctors from the Health and Sanitation Ministry has also been established,” he disclosed.
According to the Prisons Department PRO, the institution can now boost of an appreciable number of protective gears and thermometers provided by the Ministry of Health to all their facilities.
While expressing grave concern over the congestion of the Pademba Road maximum prison, Jimmy stated that the transfer of prisoners from one prison facility to the other has also been suspended.