54 Prisons In Odisha Free From COVID-19 Infection


Bhubaneswar: While 816 prisoners in different jails across the state have been detected COVID-19 positive, as many as 54 out of 87 prisons in the State are free from the deadly infection, informed the Odisha Prisons Headquarters today.

Against the scheduled capacity of 19,824, the prisoner population in the State had gone up to 20,150 as on 1st May, 2021 morning, a press note stated.

As per various measures taken by the High Power Committee towards the decongestion of prisons, the prison population has drastically come down to 18,580 as of 26th May evening.

Information collected from various jails indicated that around 816 numbers of prisoners have been detected with COVID symptoms during May 2021. Out of which, 420 have already recovered till 26th May. Rest prisoners are undergoing treatment as per protocol of health Department of Government.

Till 26th May, 658 numbers of prisoners have been shifted from over-congested Jails with permission of trying courts. There has been no reporting of any incidence of Corona from 54 Jails out of 87 (during 2021).

As precautionary and preventive measures, all Sub-Jails have been provided with Rs 15,000 each towards procurement of Corona preventive medicines and kits. Similarly, all District Jails and Special Jails have been provided with Rs 25,000 each for above purpose exclusively.

Emphasis has been laid on regular sanitization, cleaning, and disinfection of wards of prisons. Critically ill patients are being sent to COV1D care hospitals as per the protocol of the Health Department.

Fire Department have given assistance to all Jails through supply of Sodium Hypo-chlorite Solution towards disinfection of jails. Local CDMOs and Sub-Collectors are looking after the healthcare of prisoners periodically.

Nodal Medical Officer of Prisons Directorate Dr S Rahaman has been guiding the jail Superintendents and Medical Officers on healthcare-related issues. The situation of affected jails is being monitored through regular video-conferencing by Prisons Directorate.

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