COVID-19: ZPCS takes measures to stop spread of the virus in prisons

BY ZBC Reporters

THE Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services-ZPCS has embarked on a training programme to ensure prisons are fully equipped in the fight to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The initiative which is part of the ZPCS’ Covid-19 response strategy was launched at Harare Central Prison with ten officers and ten inmates undergoing training in manufacturing cleaning detergents and sanitisers.

Inmates who were part of the training exercise expressed hope that they will be able to contribute in the fight against the deadly pandemic.

The training programme is expected to spread to other prisons countrywide.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services in Masvingo has put in place various measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 in prison cells including stopping prison visits.

In an interview with ZBC News at a Covid-19 awareness campaign held at Mutimurefu prison this Thursday, Officer Commanding Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services Masvingo, Senior Assistant Commissioner Social Ndanga highlighted some of the preventative measures they have put in place.

Senior Assistant Commissioner Ndanga also said they have set aside quarantine places for new inmates before they join others in prison cells.

“It is very difficult to manage such a large group of people that keeps increasing during the pandemic, but we are trying our best. We have isolation centres that we established, new inmates are admitted into these before they meet the rest of the inmates.”

Mutimurefu prison currently has 728 inmates and none of the inmates has tested positive for Coronavirus.