By Ed-Grant Ndoza – Mana.
Authorities at Mzuzu Prison have challenged that all inmates at the institution are safe from contracting Covid -19 epidemic.
Speaking Thursday in an interview, Mzuzu Prison Officer In-Charge (OC), Senior Superintendent Zacheus Mbawa said his institution is strictly adhering to all set global coronavirus preventive measures.
“Much as we appreciate that coronavirus is highly contagious, we will lose no single inmate to Covid-19, let alone register a case diagnosed with the virus,” said Mbawa.
He said it is a must that all inmates, warders put on masks and transparent plastic face shields at all times whilst promoting hand washing.
“Since Malawi recorded the first Covid-19 cases, no single inmate has tested positive to coronavirus and we want to maintain this status,” he said.
He then commended organizations and individuals of good will who have been complementing the institution’s efforts in preventing the pandemic by providing the institution with personal protective equipment and other related supplies.
He cited among others, Mzuzu Indian Community, Mzuzu University and Irish Rule of Law as some of the well-wishers that supported the prison with hand washing facilities, soap, sanitizers and cloth masks.
According to Mzuzu Prison Public Relations Officer, Macbeth Wasambo, Irish Rule of Law supplied the prison with 1,200 cloth face masks.
He said to promote hand washing habits, the institution has placed hand washing facilities at all strategic places, both outside and inside the prison.
“Visitors are strictly advised to wash their hands before interacting with the inmates whilst observing social distancing,” said Wasambo.
Wasambo added that the prison also uses a thermometer gun, to measure temperatures of the visitors and those whose temperature is questionable, they are immediately referred to an inbuilt dispensary for attention by medical personnel.