First COVID-19 Care Centre opened on Puzhal prison premises

Opening of the covid-19 centre at puzhal prison

As many as 114 prisoners at the Puzhal Central Prison have tested positive for COVID-19 and 99 of them have recovered so far, according to Health Minister C. Vijayabaskar.

The patients were treated at the Government Stanley Medical College Hospital and in the hospital on the prison premises. The remaining prisoners are under treatment, according to a press release from the Health Department.

This is the first time in the country a crisis care centre has been established on prison campus

On Saturday, Minister for Law, Courts and Prisons C.Ve. Shanmugam and Dr. Vijayabaskar inaugurated a 50-bed COVID-19 Care Centre at the Puzhal Central Prison. 

It was a full-fledged care centre with doctors, nurses and laboratory technicians available round-the-clock. The centre is also equipped with a Semi-auto analyser, mobile x-ray unit, ECG, ultrasound scan and oxygen cylinders on the premises. An ambulance is kept on standby.

The centre has three wards for men and one for women. The samples lifted will be sent to the RT-PCR laboratory at the Government Stanley Medical College Hospital. The Health Minister pointed out that it was important to prevent transmission of COVID-19 among prisoners. There were 2,014 inmates in the three prisons on the Puzhal complex.

The Government Stanley Medical College Hospital was the authorised facility to treat prisoners from Puzhal Central Prison and the sub-jails under its control in Chengalpattu, Poonamallee, Ponneri, Maduranthakam, Tiruttani,, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Saidapet, the release said.

There are 1,29,122 beds for COVID-19 in the State. We have 1,643 CCCs in the State, of which 54 are in Chennai. The care centres have 72,640 beds, of which 15,932 are in Chennai.

Dr. Vijayabaskar, Health Minister, Tamilnadu

DGP (Prisons) Sunil Kumar Singh, DIG of Chennai range A. Murugesan, Puzhal prison officials, Director of Medical Education R. Narayana Babu and dean of Government Stanley Medical College Hospital P. Balaji were present.