After 34 asymptomatic prisoners infected by novel coronavirus, a COVID Care Centre has become operational at Nagpur Central Jail from Sunday.As per information, Seven symptomatic patients are being treated at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H) and Indira Gandhi Government Medical College & Hospital (IGGMC&H). Jail Superintendent Anup Kumre stated that three barracks were turned into Covid Care Centre where asymptomatic prisoners will be kept. Each barracks has capacity of 50 patients; it means a total of 150 patients can be treated in the centre. Two barracks will be reserved for COVID patients while one will be made available for other patients. Doctors from GMCC&H and IGGMC&H are treating the patients. Even Civil Surgeon himself visited the centre to review the situation.
The jail authorities also decided to introduce new diet plan for the prisoners to boost their immunity. Serious patients will be referredtohospitals as per doctor’s advice. If someone feels feverish, he would be immediately quarantined and medical treatment will be given on urgent basis. Similarly, regular medical check-ups of the prisoners will also be conducted to identify symptomatic patients. The COVID-19 spread will also be contained by maintaining social distancing, using masks and applying hand sanitizers. So far, a total of 41 prisoners and 62 staff from the prison have been found infected with COVID-19.Atotalof1, 783 prisoners are living in the prison having more than 20 barracks. New prisoners are also being kept at the hall of Mangalmurti Lawn near the jail and a school.