COVID-19 vaccination in progress in J&K jails- physical meetings suspended

COVID-19 vaccination in progress in J&K jails- physical meetings suspended
COVID-19 vaccination in progress in J&K jails- physical meetings suspended

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The COVID-19 vaccination of eligible jail inmates is in progress and was began from the holding centre’ housing over 200 unlawful immigrants from Myanmar right here, Director General of Police, Prisons Department, V K Singh stated on Saturday.

He stated there aren’t any coronavirus positive cases amongst over 4,500 inmates in any of the 13 jails throughout the Union Territory, which is an enormous achievement regardless of the deadly second wave which compelled the department to suspend the physical meeting of the inmates with their relations for their safety.

The COVID-19 vaccination drive was began on April 6 from the Holding Centre Hiranagar in Kathua district, where 58 eligible internees had been inoculated. Srinagar central jail noticed 38 inmates being vaccinated against the dreaded infection on April 16 and one other group of 16 inmates received a jab in district jail Rajouri on April 19, Singh told PTI.

A total of 201 Rohingyas together with 74 girls and 35 children are presently lodged within the holding centre after they had been found living illegally in Jammu metropolis during a particular verification drive in March.

According to government data, over 13,700 foreigners, together with Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshi nationals, are settled in Jammu and Samba districts of Jammu and Kashmir, where their population has elevated by over 6,000 between 2008 and 2016.

The vaccination drive is in progress and might be intensified as soon as adequate stocks of vaccines are available, the DGP prisons stated.

Against a total capacity of 3,426, there are 4,550 inmates lodged in 13 jails throughout Jammu and Kashmir. The inmates include over 1,000 suspected terrorists and 69 foreign nationals — 24 from Pakistan, 13 from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), 15 (Burma), eight (Nepal), 5 (Bangladesh), three (China) and one (Holland).

On the directions of the Supreme Court to decongest jails to make sure social distancing among the many prisoners after the outbreak of the pandemic last 12 months, the high-powered committee released 4,204 inmates on bail and 41 others on parole until March this year.

The COVID-19 scenario inside the jails is effectively under control as not one of the inmates are positive for the infection. Given the prevailing (COVID-19) scenario, it’s a massive achievement for the division, Singh stated.

Whereas two aged prisoners, one each from district jail Rajouri and Sub-jail Bhaderwah, having co-morbidities had succumbed to COVID-19, 542 prisoners recovered from the infection after successful treatment and numerous measures put in place by the department for the safety of the prisoners, he stated.

In view of the surge in COVID-19 cases within and outside J&K, we have once again suspended physical ‘mulaqat’ (meeting) of inmates with their relations with impact from April 27. Nevertheless, to enable contact of inmates with their relations, telephone facility have been made accessible in all of the 13 jails of the Union Territory, the DGP Prisons stated.

He stated all new arrivals are accepted solely with COVID negative certificates.

If anybody is found positive, she or he is taken on the jail rolls however sent to Government Medical College (GMC) with guard until his or her report returns negative. Even negative cases on arrival are put in necessary quarantine contained in the jails, he stated.

Singh stated the department is taking due care of the inmates to make sure that their immune system is in good form, allowed to talk to next of their kin and are concerned in cultural and sports activities and inspired to follow proper COVID conduct, wearing of face masks and regular use of sanitsers.

The department is also carrying out fumigation of the jail complexes frequently, he stated.

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