Hyderabad: After eight employees in the Warangal Central Prison tested positive for Covid-19, the Prisons and Correctional Services Department has decided to accord priority to safety of the staff as well as the jail inmates.
While kits containing dry fruits, sanitisers, masks etc. were already distributed to employees, including those working on outsourcing basis, care is being taken to provide healthy food to prison inmates across the State.
Staff in all jails have been asked to strictly adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines prescribed by the Centre. A decision was also taken to keep remand prisoners, who are admitted to prisons on a daily basis, in separate isolation wards for one month until they are released on bail.
Life convicts and other prisoners are not being allowed to meet remand prisoners. Each remand prisoner must undergo a health check-up every 15 days and if one develops Covid-19 symptoms, he or she will be shifted to hospital. “We are doing everything possible to ensure safety of the staff and prisoners,” a Prisons department official said.
He said one employee of the Warangal Central Prison had first developed symptoms and tested positive. Subsequently, his family and colleagues residing near the residential quarters were also tested and 13 persons, including eight staff, tested positive.
Warangal Central Prison Superintendent N Murali Babu said the condition of all the patients, who were presently under isolation, was stable. According to officials, as many as 200 employees were working at the Warangal Central Prison, which has over 900 prisoners in 27 barracks.
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