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Margaret Orik Obonyo, the Northern Regional Prisons Commander, says hundreds of inmates comprising both male and female were relocated to Nwoya Prisons on Wednesday to reduce congestion at Gulu Main Prisons.
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Unspecified number of inmates has been relocated from Gulu Main Prisons to Nwoya Prisons in Anaka Town Council as a preventive against the spread of COVID-19. 

Margaret Orik Obonyo, the Northern Regional Prisons Commander, says hundreds of inmates comprising both male and female were relocated to Nwoya Prisons on Wednesday to reduce congestion at Gulu Main Prisons.  

 

Gulu Main Prisons hosts 1500 remand and convicts inmates drawn from eight districts in Acholi Sub Region in Nwoya Prisons in Ceke Ward in Anaka Town Council, which was commissioned last month, accommodates 300 inmates.  

Orik, however, declined to disclose the number of inmates that were relocated to Nwoya Prisons citing security reasons. 

Last week, Uganda Prisons Services Spokesperson, Frank Baine announced that several isolation units in Gulu, Mbarara, Soroti and Kyejonjo districts had been created where all newly remanded persons will be kept. 

This he said is aimed at preventing the likely transmission of COVID-19 in correctional facilities. 

Baine explained that the decision came after studies proved that prison facilities are at times epicenters for infectious diseases.