The prison system is now COVID19-free.
That’s according to Acting Prison Commissioner Dennis Pulchan.
This is good news, as there was a major outbreak of the virus at the Maximum Security Prison in November 2020.
Pulchan made the revelation yesterday while speaking to media at the passing out ceremony for 236 recruits at the Prison Service’s Arouca compound yesterday.
“There was once an occasion at the Maximum Security Prison where we had 77 prisoners with COVID. We locked down that Maximum Security Prison, we worked with the Ministry of Health, had the doctors come in to see about the inmates, to manage their medical issues and we were successful in that regard,” Pulchan stated.
Training for the new recruits was affected by the pandemic and took one year to complete, instead of the six-month period it usually takes.
Of the new recruits, Pulchan said “It means we can cover more ground and the place will be properly manned at this point in time.”