According to a directive by the Minister of Interior, the Nigerian Correctional Service has taken preemptive measures to avoid the spread of Covid-19 in Custodial Centers across the country.
The body confirmed that as of today, 21/3/2020, there is no single case of the Corona Virus amongst the Staff and Inmates.
Writing through their twitter handle, they said;
The Service is in touch with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Ministry of Health and other relevant Agencies as part of efforts in responding to, and preparing for the screening of Covid19.
Whilst still allowing visits at the yard, every form of body contact between inmates and visitors have been barred no matter their relationship.
Also, visits by sick visitors are hereby disallowed until further notice. Staff must avoid body contact with inmates in the course of duty, however, if it cannot be avoided, the staff must wear hand gloves and face mask.
Any group visit that would involve the gathering of inmates together for any form of ceremony is hereby put on hold until further notice. The public especially NGOs and religious organizations should please take note of this.
Medical and health officers are alert always and will withdraw any sick inmate for screening and possible isolation at the designated isolation unit in each Custodial Centre. #COVID19
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