Prisons intensifies fight against Covid-19

By Colette Musanyera
The Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) has intensified the fight against COVID-19, by embarking on training and awareness campaigns in all prisons across the country.
The initiative which is being implemented at all the 46 prisons in the country is meant to benefit inmates and prison officers.
Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) Director of Health Services Dr Evidence Gaka spoke on some of the objectives of the programme.
“All inmates and prison officers around the country are currently undergoing a 3 day training workshop which is meant to capacitate them with vital information on covid-19, which will help combat the spread of the virus.”
Environmental Health Practitioner David Kunaka highlighted some of the measures being put in place to curb the spread of the pandemic in prisons.
“All prisons are disinfected frequently and we always ensure that we do not run out of sanitizers and other disinfectants. We emphasize social distancing between inmates and officers since officers can bring the virus into the prisons. We also have a quarantine site at our prisons.”
Inmates at Harare Central Prison applauded the initiative, saying information is power.
“We have received training on COVID-19 related issues which include identifying cases amongst ourselves and to quickly alert health personnel. We would like to applaud the ZPCS for coming up with this programme.”
Since the onset of the pandemic, the ZPCS has recorded 1 099 cases among inmates, officers and dependents.