The spike in covid-19 cases during the festive season resulted in the death of six prison officers and four inmates from various prisons across the country.
In an interview with The Chronicle, Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service (ZPCS) Commissioner-General Moses Chihobvu said despite the surge in cases during the festive period, they didn’t record alarming cases.
“We have four inmates and six prison officers who succumbed to Covid-19 during the festive period across the country. The numbers are not alarming given our population and we are happy that the situation is under control,” he said
“Comm-Gen Chihobvu said ZPCS was strictly adhering to the Ministry of Health and Child Care as well as the World Health Organisation’s health regulations.
He said the institution had put various measures in place at all prisons in the country to prevent the spread of the virus.
Comm-Gen Chihobvu said the suspension of prison visits by inmates’ relatives was part of the measures put in place to curb the spread of the pandemic.
“We have come up with a number of measures at our prisons meant to protect our inmates and staff from contracting Covid-19,” he said.
Comm-Gen Chihobvu said ZPCS has embarked on national awareness campaigns in all the prison stations in the country’s 10 provinces as part of measures to combat the spread of the pandemic.
Last year 43 inmates and 23 prison officers tested positive to Covid-19 at Bulawayo prisons and ZPCS reacted swiftly to ensure strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols.