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Ebola: Prisons to Lift Ban on Visits

Uganda Prisons authorities will this week assess whether to allow public visits to selected prison facilities following a month-long ban over Ebola outbreak.
Uganda Prisons authorities will this week assess whether to allow public visits to selected prison facilities following a month-long ban over Ebola outbreak.

 

The Uganda Prisons spokesman Frank Baine told Uganda Radio Network on Monday that since there have been no reported new cases of the hemorrhagic disease they will determine by the end of the week whether to allow visits.

 

The prison authorities banned visits to prisons across the country in the wake of the Ebola outbreak in July this year but relaxed the ban for far-flung prisons especially in Northern and Eastern Uganda.

 

The ban on Luzira Prison was, however, maintained as well as those in central and western Uganda.

 

According to Baine, they are still monitoring the Ebola situation in Kibaale, the epicenter of the outbreak in July, and are getting relatively satisfied that the outbreak is being curtailed.

The latest figures from the National Ebola Taskforce suggest that two confirmed cases are under management at Kagadi Hospital. Many other suspected cases have had negative tests. There have been over 20 deaths since the latest Ebola outbreak in early July.

He appealed to the public to remain calm as the position was taken to safeguard the lives of the prisoners and members of the general public.

 

Jamillah Omaki, who has been attempting a number of times to visit her uncle at Luzira Maximum Prison, welcomed the move saying it will allow relatives, friends and well-wishers to see their loved ones.

 

Omaki said some prisoners need special meals and other necessities which they have not accessed in about a month now.

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