8,000 undergo Covid19 testing at Amuru prison

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Uganda Prisons has embarked on a testing exercise at Amuru Prison after 153 inmates tested positive to Covid-19.

Addressing press at Uganda Media Centre on Monday, Prisons spokesperson Frank Baine said 154 prisoners in Amuru were found with COVID19 but they didn’t have symptoms and one prisons officer.

“We are confident they will get better after being taken to hospital,” he noted.

He said testing for COVID19 is going to be done on suspects before they are taken to prison.
“Unlike schools, prisons can’t be closed. The prisons is going to hurry and test the over 6,000 prisoners and over 2,000 officers for COVID19,” he explained.

On Saturday, the Ministry of Health revealed that the biggest number of new Covid-19 cases were recorded in Amuru prison, where 153 out of 205 inmates tested positive for the virus.

One prison staff also staff tested positive to Covid-19.

Covid-19 district task force chairperson who is also the Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Osborn Geoffrey Oceng, said all inmates at Amuru prison have been evacuated to Gulu Main Prison for treatment and quarantine, while the prison staff together with their families have been placed are under self-isolation from their respective homes.

“We agreed to shut down the prison for a period of 28 days to allow us spray the entire facility so that it can be used again,” Oceng said.

According to District Health Officer (DHO), Dr Patrick Odong Olwedo, inmates who tested positive for the virus have already started undergoing treatment while their contacts shall be regularly tested and monitored during their fourteen days in mandatory quarantine.

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