Friday 6th April, 2018 – There is confirmation that several prison inmates have contracted scabies behind the walls of Her Majesty’s Prison.
The confirmation comes as the Cabinet Spokesperson was asked whether there was an outbreak among prisoners.
Minister Melford Nicholas while confirming it is an issue that prison authorities are dealing with said it was not cause for alarm. He stated that those who may be affected have been isolated and are receiving treatment.
Reports are that at least nine inmates are being treated for scabies.
According to the Centre for Disease Control in the US, Scabies is an infestation of the skin by the human itch mite. The microscopic scabies mite burrows into the upper layer of the skin where it lives and lays its eggs. The most common symptoms of scabies are intense itching and a pimple-like skin rash. The scabies mite usually is spread by direct, prolonged, skin-to-skin contact with a person who has scabies.
Products used to treat scabies are called scabicides because they kill scabies mites; some also kill eggs. Scabicides to treat human scabies are available only with a doctor’s prescription.
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While the prison deals with this latest development, another issue it is seeking to restrict is contraband into 1735.
From January 2018 to present, the superintendent of prisons has reported that 69 cellular phones were confiscated from inmates. During his time as the prison boss, Deputy Commissioner Albert Wade says more than 400 phones have been seized.
Government is now exploring ways in which to curb the problem.