Prisons Service records case, calls for amnesty for 1000 inmates

Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Ghana Prisons Service Superintendent Courage Atsem has revealed one of the prison facilities has recorded its first case of COVID-19.

Speaking to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said there was no cause for alarm as authorities are doing their best to contain the spread.

The Prisons administration he noted has put in place strict measures to ensure that the virus does not spread in our prisons.

He bemoaned the congestion in the prisons admonishing the government to grant amnesty to deserving inmates.

He believes the government could grant amnesty to some 1000 inmates to help decongest the facilities.

The current total inmates he disclosed are 14, 000 despite the capacity of our facilities to occupy not more than 9,900.

The PRO said the facilities we have now are having an excess of over 4,000 inmates.

He said they have also made the provision of sanitizers and running water for use at the gate and vantage points inside prisons, wearing of face mask by prison staff and visitors, quarantining and referral of suspected cases to appropriate health facilities among others.

By: Rashid Obodai Provencal

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