Coronavirus | 30% prisoners in Tamil Nadu vaccinated against virus
The Tamil Nadu Department of Prisons and Correctional Services has vaccinated 30% of the 4,297 convicts lodged in prisons throughout the State.
Jail authorities organised particular camps in coordination with the native our bodies to manage vaccines to inmates and jail employees as a part of the protection protocols being adopted to include the unfold of COVID-19.
Director-General of Police, Prisons & Correctional Services, Sunil Kumar Singh stated the goal was to realize 100% vaccination of the convicts, and a majority of the employees/officers had taken the shot to encourage the prisoners to take the vaccine with none concern.
The prisoners had been sensitised to the efficacy of the vaccines and the way they may save lives. Of the 30% who had been vaccinated among the many jail inhabitants, greater than half took the shot in the final week of May. While the capability of prisons, together with Central prisons, was 23,592, the occupancy stood at 59%. The 108 district and sub-jails had been getting used as the primary stage of entry to new inmates with quarantine facility.
Since August final yr, all new inmates are being examined and quarantined earlier than getting shifted to Central prisons.
When requested concerning the well being situation of three inmates owing allegiance to an extremist organisation, who examined constructive for COVID-19 and had been admitted to the Stanley Government Hospital, Mr. Singh stated they had been from the high-security block of the Puzhal Central Prison, and two of them had examined adverse on Tuesday.
“After prisoners lodged in the high-security block showed symptoms of the virus, we requested the DGP, the Chennai Police Commissioner and health officials to convert the convict ward at the Stanley Government Hospital into a COVID ward with adequate security arrangements,” he stated.
As many as 198 jail employees had examined constructive and had been present process therapy in varied hospitals.
“The prison staff are frontline workers, and ours is an essential service, too. They [the staff] are exposed to risks when they deal with new prisoners,” Mr. Singh added.
On two deaths involving a jail employees member and a remand prisoner in May, the DGP stated prisoner Palanisamy, 76, was concerned in a homicide case and had been lodged in the Coimbatore Central Prison. He was shifted to the Institute of Mental Health, Chennai, for therapy of psychological well being points. He examined constructive on May 15 and was later shifted to the Stanley Government Hospital, the place he died on May 25.
“We also lost 12 staff members to COVID-19, including 10 who died in the last two months,” he stated.
Besides six convicts who examined constructive for the virus in the Salem Central Prison and had been despatched to the federal government hospital there, 77 remand prisoners throughout the State had been present process therapy in varied hospitals.
More than one lakh prisoners had been launched on bail since March 21, 2020, together with 43,876 on private surety, Mr. Singh stated, including that masks, hand sanitisers and cleaning soap had been made obtainable to all inmates, whose adherence to security norms was being monitored carefully.