All jail inmates’ stable; round the clock medical facility available: Says Jail Superintendent Anantnag after 86 prisoners tested COVID19 positive

All jail inmates’ stable; round the clock medical facility available: Says Jail Superintendent Anantnag after 86 prisoners tested COVID19 positive

Raouf Dar

Srinagar, July 17 (KINS): Superintendent of Jail Anantnag Sayroz Ahmad Friday said that round the clock medical care has been put in place for the jail inmate and all COVID19 positive cases are asymptomatic.

He appealed to families of jail inmates not to panic and said that safety guidelines and COVID19 protocol is being followed in letter and spirit.

“All jail inmates, both whether tested positive or negative for virus, are stable. They are under the supervision of a special team of doctors. All COVID19 safety guidelines are  being followed in letter and spirit,” Ahmad told news agency Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS).

As many as 49 prisoners have tested positive for COVID19 in district jail Anantnag. With this, the number of infected inmates has jumped to 86 in the jail where 192 detainees are presently lodged.

In his appeal to the families of jail inmates “not to panic”, Ahmad said that no jail inmate tested positive was symptomatic.

“Each case that was tested positive in jail is asymptomatic. They all are stable and under the medical supervision of a team of doctors,” he said.

He informed that first patient (jail inmate) who tested positive has recovered and discharged from hospital.

“He is now back in the jail and protocol is being followed,” he said.

The Jail Superintendent said that the local civic body also carries sterilization and fumigation of jail every day for its disinfection.

As many as 217 detainees have been released since April 1 to April 20, this year, from different jails in J&K to decongest the prisons in view of deadly coronavirus.

At least 110 prisoners, including 58 persons who were detained under stringent Public Safety Act (PSA), have been released till April 30, this year, to decongest Srinagar Central Jail in the wake of COVID19 pandemic.
The Supreme Court has asked states and Union Territories to consider release of convicted prisoners with up to seven years of sentences and under-trials, in order to decongest prisons. (KINS)

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