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Virus Precautions In Jails


Director General Prisons and Correctional Services, Santosh Upadhyay has directed the Jail Superintendents to take precautions to prevent spread of coronavirus in jails across the State.


In a letter, Mr.Upadhyay has urged the Jail Superintendents that extreme care may be taken in handling prisoners and their visitors.

They have been asked to liaise with CDMOs for arranging screening devices and kits to be used in prisons for screening inmates.

He said all the newly admitted prisoners shall be kept in quarantine in a separate ward for a week under the supervision of the Medical Officer/Pharmacist, he said.
 
DG said the new prisoners should be asked to sanitize themselves thoroughly during admissions to jails by sanitizers to be kept at main gates.
 
Mr.Upadhyay has advised that Advocate interview and general interview (Mulakat) stands suspended forthwith for safety of prisoners.

The DG Prisons has further said that videoconferencing facility should be utilized for producing the prisoners before the Courts wherever and whenever it is possible.

He said that visitors should be asked not to come to jails physically for Mulakats and instead avail e-Mulakat facility from their homes.

The prisoners having symptoms of sore throat, cough, fever and cold should be lodged separately in isolation ward to be earmarked by Jailors. The prisoners who are having the symptoms should be immediately referred to Government Hospitals, he advised.

All the officers and prisoners should wash their hands before entering the prison, advised the DG.

Physical contact of prisoners with visitors during interview should be avoided. All type of visits i.e. education and NGO activities should be suspended for one month.

Face Mask should be provided to the cooks to avoid contamination, and personnel on duty may be provided with masks, asked he.

DG advised that the Prisoners after availing emergency leave/ordinary leave should be screened thoroughly at the time of resuming work.

Prisoners sent to other state courts should be thoroughly screened at the time of return to the jail.

Prison hospitals, prison premises particularly outside visitors' area should be cleaned frequently, he suggested.
 
 


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