Visitation not cancelled at Tamarind Farm Correctional Centre – DCS
The Ministry of National Security, on behalf of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), has advised that visitation by members of the public has not been cancelled at the Tamarind Farm Adult Correctional Centre outside Spanish Town in St Catherine, as was reported in sections of the media earlier on Monday.
That position contrasted a release from the police on Monday,morning, which stated that suspected outbreaks of scabies and tuberculosis at the facility had resulted in visits to the facility being prohibited until further notice.
The police said the correctional centre has been under quarantine since Saturday, March 7, due to the suspected cases of tuberculosis and scabies.
The police further said in order to prevent the spread of the illnesses, the public would be temporarily restricted from visiting the facility to allow for the treatment of inmates, and for sanitation exercises to be carried out.
The police also cited that members of the public are sharing on social media that persons at the correctional centre are suffering from a ‘mysterious illness’.
In response, the police urged calm while indicating that the relevant medical protocols had been activated and the affected persons had been isolated from the general population of the facility.
However, the DCS in its statement early on Monday afternoon, said the scabies outbreak has affected persons who are being held at the Tamarind Farm Detention Centre under the ongoing states of emergency.
The statement made no mention of detainees being infected with tuberculosis.
The DCS reminded the public that normal visiting hours at the correctional centre are Mondays to Saturdays from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm, and on Sundays and public holidays from 9.30 am to 11.30 am, and 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm.
“Relatives and friends are encouraged to observe the normal protocols and procedures when visiting the facility,” the DCS advised.