Lawyers call for sensitisation of inmates to curb spread of coronavirus

Some Kaduna-based lawyers on Tuesday, called for the sensitisation of inmates in correctional centers by state governments in order curtail the of Covid-19.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna, the lawyers said inmates should have comprehensive awareness of COVID-19, its prevention and strategies avoid it.

Mr Ahmed Usman suggested the state governments should extend its sensitisation campaigns on the coronavirus pandemic the correctional centres in their states.

According to him, the state governments should work with stakeholders, especially the health personnel to educate and enlighten the inmates on proactive measures against the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is crucial state governments develop contingency plans in close cooperation with the management of the correctional centres to contain, prevent and deal with the of covid-19 in the centres.

“The inmates and the centres’ officials should be sensitised on how to maintain a high level of hygiene with a view to limiting the of the virus within the confined .

“The inmates should be urged to comply with all the preventive measures to keep away the virus from spreading in the correctional centres,” he said.

Usman further said it was vital the state governments prioritise the health and safety of the centre’s officials and inmates by distributing protective supplies such as soap, hand sanitisers and tissues for them to always use.

He also called on the state government to restrict visitors to the Correctional centres as part of moves to curtail the spread of the virus.

Also speaking, Michael Elijah said inmates and correction should be educated and enlighten about the preventive measures of covid-19.

Elijah stated that covid-19, like other infectious diseases, poses a higher risk to populations that live in close proximity to each other.

“This means everyone in the correctional centres is at risk of contracting the virus, including the inmates and correction ,’’ he said.

The lawyer said that inmates are crammed into each room and one could imagine if one person has the virus, there was a possibility of 30-40 people having it and this would the quick spread of the virus within a week or two.

Elijah added that confined places such as correctional centres should quickly adopt efficient preventive measures and that no one is left .

He advised state governments to, as part of measures to curb the spread of the virus, sterilisee correctional centres.

On his part, Moses Inuwa said covid-19 risk would be particularly acute in places of detention, such as prisons and jails where the virus could spread rapidly, especially if access to health care was poor.

He said the state governments have an obligation to medical care for those in correctional centres, at least equivalent to that available to the general public.

Inuwa said the inmates should be sensitised and information about covid-19 should be accessible and available in multiple languages, including for those with low or no literacy.

He said that governments should that the information they provide to the inmates about Covid-19 was accurate, timely, and consistent with human rights principles.

According to him, government should also provide appropriate hygiene training and supplies and ensure that all susceptible to harboring the virus and accessible to inmates, correction and visitors, are disinfected regularly.

Inuwa added that inmates and the officials should be enlighten on how to maintain a high level of hygiene with a view to limiting the spread of the virus within the confined .(NAN)