Chickenpox and Covid in the prisons; NGO seeking donation of sanitisation machines to help

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Chickenpox and Covid in the prisons; NGO seeking donation of sanitisation machines to help

The nation’s prisons is currently under some pressure with a confirmed outbreak of chickenpox, along with new cases of Covid-19.

Commissioner of Prisons Dennis Pulchan confirmed during a television programme on Friday, that 67 prisons officers and 22 inmates have tested positive for Covid, but he assured that the situation is under control.

Regarding the chickenpox, Pulchan said, “There are always small does of chickenpox in prison but this is managed by our Prisons Medical officer. We are careful to isolate and manage.”

In light of the current situation at the prisons, head of the non-government organisation ‘Wishing for Wings Foundation’ Debbie Jacob, is now seeking donations of sanitisation machines to assist the prison system.

Speaking on CNC3’s Morning Brew, Jacob stated, “Through the foundation, I’m trying to get folks to donate basic supplies to sanitize. Since COVID-19 started, Port-of-Spain was the first prison to get a COVID-19 outbreak and now we’re right now facing COVID-19 and chickenpox.”

She added, “Most urgent need is hydrogen peroxide to use in the mist machines and surgical gloves and surgical gowns for officers who come in contact with sick people. Things like soap, hand soap are also needed.”

Persons interested in donating items to the Wishing for Wings Foundation can contact [email protected]

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