SIRAHA : 507 inmates at the Siraha Prison have tested positive for coronavirus. The prison which has the capacity to accommodate 125 prisoners is currently sheltering 599. Of the 599 inmates, 507 have tested positive for coronavirus, the Prison administration stated.
Prison chief Babita Mahato said they are facing difficulty with management after more than 507 inmates at once tested positive for the deadly virus. She said that the risk has increased as all the inmates have to be kept inside the jail facility.
“The virus has not been seen in the remaining 92 inmates. They are also at risk of the virus as the infected inmates are also kept in the same premises,” said Mahato.
According to her, the infected inmates should be kept in isolation but they have not received any directives for this from the government. The prison administration is facing a problem in managing immune-boosting and nutritious foods for the inmates due to the high number of cases.
Meanwhile, a social organisation called Mukti Nepal has provided 1,000 face masks, one litre sanitizer and 20 mosquito nets for the inmates’ use. Chairman of Mukti Nepal, Shyam Saha, handed over the masks, sanitizer and nets to Prison Chief Mahato on the occasion of the 41st Social Service Day on September 22.