Provisions being made for more prisoners to be tested -Director of Prisons

–Prison doctors being trained to administer COVID-19 test

Director of Prisons, Mr. Gladwin Samuels says provisions are being made for more inmates to be tested following the confirmation of two positive COVID-19 cases in the Lusignan Prison.

Principal among them is the training of the doctors of the Guyana Prison Service to administer the COVID-19 test to the inmates effectively, he told the Department of Public Information (DPI). The doctors will undergo one hour of today, Director Samuels said.

In a press release issued last evening, the Prisons Director said despite taking all precautions, two prisoners from the Prison’s Holding Bay tested positive for the disease.

“The circumstances under which the two prisoners contracted the virus are presently unknown, and contact tracing has begun. All steps are being taken to segregate persons with whom they came into contact. Resources are being gathered to prevent further spread,” he said.

According to the statement, all persons who are exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19 will be examined and undergo the standard operating procedures outlined by the Ministry of Health.

It was also pointed out that the steps taken over the last few months to prevent the spread of the virus will be revisited and expanded.