KIGALI - Government has lifted the quarantine on Kigali Central Prison that was imposed as a result of confirmed H1N1 influenza A, (swine flu) cases in the prison facility.
According to officials from the Ministry of Health, there are no any more cases of the flu prison.
The deadly flu hit the prison commonly known as 1930 early this month and spread faster than expected leaving over 400 prisoners infected.
In a function announcing the lift of the quarantine, the health coordinator in the Prison Dr. Innocent Gahima said that at the beginning, there were five laboratory confirmed cases at the prison in the first days of the spread.
“We created an isolation area and put about 400 prisoners who had the virus together but as per now we have managed to treat all of them and we have closed down the isolation area,” said Gahima.
According to the Head of the swine flu response team in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Justine Wane, during the exercise of wiping out the virus completely, his team of doctors received full cooperation from prisoners with the help of health peer educators.
The director of the prison, Dativa Mukanyangezi said that the government’s intervention was very fast and that preventive equipment was availed immediately.
Relatives and friends of the prisoners can now proceed with visiting the inmates.