GAMBIA: OPINION- A PROCLAIMED ANONYMOUS PRISON OFFICER CALLS ON GAMBIA’S COVID-19 TEAM TO DECONGEST THE PRISON; AS HE CLAIMED THAT THERE IS A SICK PERSON AT THE PRISON!

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Dear Editor,

Kindly allow me to express my dissatisfaction in the way and manner in which the prisons department are treating inmates. I am a prison officer who works at the mile two state central prison. I am strongly advising the authorities to come and check the patients in the remand wing if possible, to decongest the remand wing.

The reasons for the prisons escape of 21 prisoners is related to the news they heard from the central prison that there is a suspected case which was in doubt to many and I am strongly believe that there is a case because the symptoms they relate to the COVID-19 .

In the mile two state central prison, there is no qualified nurse who can even detect the symptoms of COVID-19 much more having medications for the Coronavirus.

There is already a suspected case of corona virus patient in the remand wing. The patient has been reported to the authorities concerned, but no action has been done about the man suspected of COVID-19 because they don’t want that rumors to spread to the diaspora and I am seriously concern that this infected person might transmit it to others and this could be deadly.

Urgent attention is required to take that patient and put him in the quarantine center before it is seriously spread in the prisons; this is not a matter of secret as the deadly pandemic can kill within a short space of time; so to avoid unfortunate circumstances the authorities need to confirm what I am saying because there are so many people in the prisons; let’s try and save life is better than waiting for the worst to happen which could be difficult to explain .

The authorities that will come and see the mile two prisons let them not ask the authorities because they will never give them correct information and in that they think they are only saving the images of the government when it is the complete opposite of what they think so please take note and action is required to rescue the prisoners

please note that I want you to keep my identity anonymous as I might loose my work once I am identified.

Written By A Prison Officer

Editor’s Note: The claims made by the proclaimed anonymous prison officer could not be independently verified by this medium. His views do not respect the position of the Freedom Newspaper. We call on the COVID-19 team to investigate the veracity of his claims. Thanks for your attention.

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