According to the Accra Regional Police Command, more inmates in cells in all jurisdictions have been infected with the novel coronavirus, but have been isolated.
On May 8, more than 4,000 cases of COVID-19 were reported in Ghana, with 323 recoveries and 18 deaths.
This was made known to Journalists during a disinfection exercise which was done by the Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Accra Regional Police Commander, DCOP Fred Adu Anim, told reporters on Saturday that measures to limit the spread are already in place although he could not determine the number of infected prisoners.
“Some prisoners have already been infected with this disease, so we separated them from the newly arrested suspects. I can’t help but mention the headless number, but they were taken to isolation centres.”
“If you listen carefully to the news, you will hear that two Nigerians arrested have been released with a negative test.” I can’t talk about other people, “he said.
A recent challenge faced by prisons in Ghana after the outbreak of a new coronavirus in the country was also highlighted.
There have been complaints about prisoners’ inability to implement safety protocols to prevent disease such as keep social distancing, maintain good personal hygiene and wash hands frequently.
Ghana prison services previously said that practising social distance between detainees after a coronavirus outbreak would be challenging, especially at night due to overcrowding.
Chief Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Prisons Service, Superintendent Courage Atsem told Citi News that they have suspended all contact visits to prevent the spread of the disease.
“Social distance can only be done during the day where they are open and can move, but at night when they have to sleep, their cells are usually overloaded. So it is our concern to ensure that we do not register any cases,” he said.
For this reason, prison services demand the swift ratification of a Non-Custodial Sentencing Bill to support the release of prisons in Ghana because COVID-19 is still circulating among inmates.