Uganda Prisons has suspended the routine visits to inmates by members of the public in a bid to prevent the rapid spread of the coronavirus in its detention centres across the country.
While addressing journalists on Monday, the Prisons spokesperson, Frank Baine said the Commissioner General of Prisons, Dr. Johnson Byabashaija had issued a circular to all commanders to ensure no person is allowed to visit inmates.
He said, the Uganda Perisons service had suspended all visits to prisons;
“All visitations to prisons are suspended regardless of vaccination status or testing status. Those who want to visit should hold on for 42 days.”
In the past, those who had already been vaccinated for Coronavirus were being allowed to access the facilities and inmates, whereas those not vaccinated were required to present negative covid test results
Baine also said that whereas new prisoners are being admitted to the various detention centres around the country, these will first be taken to their isolation centres for 14 days.
“New prisoners will be taken for quarantine at any of our 59 isolation centres around the country for 14 days and after completion of this time, they will be subjected to a mandatory testing before being admitted after testing negative.”
Prisons staff have also been stopped from visiting nearby communities to avoid contracting the virus or spreading it to the communities. Prisons currently have only 47 active Coronavirus cases with 40 of these at their treatment centre in Gulu.