COVID-19: Oyo Correctional Service no longer accept inmates – Official

The Correctional Service, Oyo State Command, says it no longer accept new inmates any of its facilities in the state to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the command, ASP Anjorin Olarewaju, disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Ibadan.

Olarewaju said that various measures had put in to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in all correctional facilities in the state.

He said that the service had consequently embarked on fumigation of the centres cells and wards.

He said that with the state government’s help, the command had procured Aqua drums with tap outlets stationed inside and outside of the facilities with which both inmates and staff wash their hands.

According to Olarewaju, the Oyo State Government also assisted  the service with liquid -wash soaps, sanitizers, gloves, cartons of Hypo Super-bleach, washing bowls, cartons of Dettol and packs of nose masks.

“Staff coming the facilities are checked with infrared thermometer and must wash their hands at the gate to bring to the barest minimum the possibility of infecting the inmates.

“Adequate sensitisation and orientation of staff on how to prevent contracting the virus has also put in since they are the only contacts the inmates have with the outside world,” he said.

He said that although the facilities were congested, the compliance of the social directives would not be necessary “since no new inmates are coming the to infect them with the virus.”

Olarewaju said the situation in the correctional facilities was that the inmates were already quarantined, saying “since the outbreak of this virus, external access to them has stopped.” (NAN)