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TB check for prison officers

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Saturday, June 14, 2014

A MONTH after three inmates were admitted for tuberculosis, the Fiji Corrections Service has begun with the immediate screening of all officers.

Spokeswoman Kuini Waqasavou said the screening was part of the commissioner's intent for a healthy and vibrant workforce to achieve efficiency.

"Whilst there has been ongoing screening for inmates in the institutions, officers have also been encouraged to have their screening done as well," Mrs Waqasavou said.

"We have been encouraging officers to take part in physical training activities and this is a normal routine to our work. But we also have to ensure that officers are free from airborne diseases such as tuberculosis.

"We intend to take all precautionary measures against tuberculosis."

She said inmates and officers in the Nasinu, Suva, women's, minimum and Levuka corrections institutions were screened for TB, including those at the national headquarters in Suva.

The Ministry of Health team will then move to the Naboro facility next week to cover officers and inmates at the maximum, medium and pre-release institutions.

The TB screening will be conducted at the Ba and Lautoka corrections institutions towards month-end and early July. The session at Vaturekuka Corrections Centre in Labasa will take place simultaneously.

Meanwhile, two of the three inmates admitted at the PJ Twomey Hospital last month are serving time at the Suva corrections facility while the third inmate is at the Naboro corrections facility.





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