EOHR calls for a set of measures to reduce the spread of Swine Flu inside prisons

September 28th, 2009 by Editor

On Monday 28/9/2009, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) sent a letter to Judge. Abdul Megid Mahmoud, Attorney General, Mr. Habib Al-Adli, Minister of the Interior, Dr. Hatem El Gabaly, Minister of Health and Mr. Atef Sharif, Director of Prisons division, expressing its deepest worries on the spread of H1N1 Flu known as  (Swine Flu) in the world specifically in Egypt. World Health Organization (WHO)announced in its latest statement issued on 20/9/2009 the infection of over 300 000 cases in 191 countries including 3917 deaths. In Egypt, the Ministry Of Health announced the infection of 896 cases by H1N1 Flu  including 3 deaths . EOHR expresses its deepest worries on the protection of prisoners in Egyptian prisons from the infection.

 


EOHR also expressed its concern about the bad conditions of prisoners in Egyptian prisons, the matter which may lead  to a health disaster represented in  the  overcrowding of prisoners and the lack of medical care and procedures conducted to protect prisoners from visitors who may probably infected. EOHR indicated that the implementation of issued decisions related to  the conditional release for some prisoners and the issued decisions to release detainees will reduce the numbers of prisoners and  reduce the risk accordingly .

 

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, Secretary-General of EOHR, called   at the conclusion of his letter for taking some preventive measures to protect prisoners and to protect the entire community.

 

Here in below the letter of EOHR  :

  

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR)sends you this letter to take the necessary measures to protect prisoners and detainees in Egyptian prisons from the spread of H1N1 Flu known as  (Swine Flu) and the consequent risk of the spread of this disease in the Egyptian society especially that prisons are closed places for compulsory gathering that help to spread the virus quickly.

  

EOHR expresses its deepest worries on the spread of virus throughout the world and Egypt in particular that we are on the verge of winter which will increase  the likelihood of infection in the world and in Egypt. World Health Organization (WHO)announced in its latest statement issued on 20/9/2009 the infection of over 300 000 cases in 191 countries including 3917 deaths. In Egypt, the Ministry Of Health announced the infection of 896 cases by H1N1 Flu  including 3 deaths. EOHR expresses its deepest concern on the protection of prisoners in Egyptian prisons from infection. EOHR hopes to take some preventive measures to protect prisoners similar to measures taken by the Ministries of Education to protect students of schools and universities.

  

In this regard, EOHR hopes to take some preventive measures to protect prisoners and to protect the entire community as follows:

  
1- Forming a committee of physicians from ministry of health and the prison division  to monitor conditions of prisoners under the supervision of Attorney General’s assistants  and declaring periodic reports according to the results of the work of Committee.

 
2- Implementing  decisions related to  conditional release for some prisoners.

 
3- Implementing  decisions issued by Emergency State Security Court to release detainees who had been arrested according to decisions issued by  Minister of the Interior, which had not been implemented, these decisions may reduce the accumulation of prisoners and reduce the risk of infection.

 

4- The immediate release for prisoners according to decisions issued to release them from the  provisional detention.

 

5- The immediate release for prisoners on health grounds .

  

6-Reducing the numbers of prisoners in cells to limit the spread of virus inside prisons.

  

7- Providing resources to disinfect cells and other places for detention.

 

8- Providing masks for guests for permanent use.

 

9- Providing safe places to isolate infected prisoners from the rest of their colleagues.

 

10- Increasing the medical care inside prisons by providing an adequate numbers of doctors and taking care of personal hygiene and proper treatment.

 

11- Providing guidance boards inside every prison to inform prisoners with preventive measures.

  

12- Providing equipments for detecting infected persons in the areas of visits  among visitors.

 

13- Transparency in the Declaration of cases within the prisons and to transfer them to the  hospital immediately.       

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