Isolation centres open in jails

24 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Sunday virtually inaugurated three Covid-19 isolation centres in three prisons to help prevent spread of the virus.

The centres_ 70-bed in the central jail of Keraniganj, 41-bed in Feni District Jail-2, and 28-bed in Kishoreganj District Jail-2_ were set up with support from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Katja Lorenz, the ICRC Head of Delegation in Bangladesh said prisoners are among the most vulnerable population when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic, reports UNB.

“Hence, it is essential for the prisons to be able to separate prisoners who have caught the virus from the rest of the prison population,” he said.

The ICRC support included designing and setting up the centres and providing technical support to establish guidelines and to implement infection prevention and control measures, he said.

“We also provided basic medical and sanitation equipment as well as furniture,” said Katja.

The centers were set up in cooperation between the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), the Prisons Directorate, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), and the ICRC.