Prisons Authorities deny closing Moroto Isolation centre

In Summary
  • The Centre continues to receive inmates. 
  • It was earlier reported that Nakatonya Isolation centre was closed.

Prisons authorities have denied allegations that they closed Nakatonya Isolation centre in Moroto district because of increased COVID-19 cases at the facility.It was earlier reported that Nakatonya Isolation centre was closed following the outbreak of COVID19 where 101 inmates were alleged to have contracted the virus.

Frank Baine the Prisons spokesperson denied the reports and noted that Nakatonya has never been closed as it continues to receive inmates.

He says that they conducted a mass testing exercise of all inmates after four suspects were confirmed to have contracted the virus but noted that after the testing, a total of 34 inmates were found positive and taken to Jinja treatment center where they are admitted.

In a related development, Frank Baine revealed that currently over 70 people who include inmates and Prison staff are the only active cases of COVID-19 in Prisons and that they are being treated in various treatment centers around the country.