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51 inmates test positive with Measles at Rwanda’s biggest prison

Written by: George Kalisa
Thursday, December 20th, 2018, 11:48

 At least 51 inmates have tested positive with measles 28 of them are still admitted, officials at Rwanda Correctional services have confirmed today. They further revealed that Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) provided urgent specialized medical treatment to the victims under isolation.  


“The affected were only 51 inmates 28 still admitted in prison health sector (isolation),” SSP Hillary Sengabo, the Spokesperson of Rwanda Correctional Services (RCS) told this reporter in a telephone interview.


“Others have been discharged and no inmate has succumbed to the disease so far,” he added.


Sengabo said RCS has managed to contain the outbreak with the help of RBC, who have immunized “all the guards and inmates”.


  All the cases were found at Rwanda’s biggest correctional services facility in the capital Kigali called Mageragere Prison which is home to 8857 prisoners.  


Mid-September this year, some 2,100 prisoners including political prisoners Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza and Rwandan singer Kizito Mihigo were released following the pardon by President Paul Kagame.  


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