After registering two Covid-19 cases at Pece Prison in Gulu which has been acting as a quarantine facility for new inmates, the prisons authority working with the Ministry of Health have decided to put all people in the facility under a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
According to Frank Baine the spokesperson of Uganda Prisons, during these 14 days, all people inside this prison will not be allowed to move out and no new individuals will be allowed inside.
“I would like to call upon the general public to remain calm because out of the 257 prisoners and 47 officers who were tested it’s only one inmate who tested positive. He was a close friend of the first victim who was from Elegu and the two are currently admitted at Gulu Referral hospital,” Baine said.
Baine revealed that Pece has been an isolation facility for all incoming inmates before they mix with other prisoners therefore the other inmates are still safe and free from Coronavirus.
“The situation has now stabilized and we hope that after the 14 day,s the situation at Pece will return to normal as it was for Kayiti,” he said.
The team from Ministry of Health will be conducting another screening exercise for all individuals in Pece before the facility resumes its normal operations.
Following the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country during the month of March, the Commissioner-General issued directives in line with the Presidential and Ministry of Health guidelines to be followed in the prison sector.
These included gazetting of some new prison facilities as isolation centres for new prisoners for a period of 14 days before mixing with others.