AFTER nine from persons deprived of liberty in Payatas, Quezon City are reported to be positive of COVID-19, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology immediately agreed to conduct mass testing in all prison cells in the country.
This move aims to check possible additional cases of the deadly COVID-19 among the inmates.
Department of Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya already called on earlier to include all jail facilities in the country to undergo COVID-19 mass testing.
In line with this, BJMP is also studying to augment monitoring in every medical infirmary of the jail facilities in the country to properly observe health records of the inmates that might be affected by the coronavirus disease.
The BJMP of the National Capital Region admitted that conducting mass testing all over the region and even nationwide entails a great challenge as isolation facilities in the country are insufficient.
BJMP is also currently conducting contact tracing to possible individuals who may have direct contact with those who are admitted positive with the virus.
The agency however assured the families of the inmates that they are doing all efforts to secure their loved ones along with the help from the medical and health staff.
The “virtual visit” is also implemented by BJMP where families of the inmates could temporarily check on them through video chat and not in person.
This inline to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 in the country.