The administration has now decided to start a health centre within the jail premises
Vadodara: The Covid-19 situation in Vadodara Central Jail worsened on Monday with 43 more inamtes testing positive, taking the total number of those infected to 61.
On Saturday night, 18 inmates had tested positive, following which their 138 contacts were traced and quarantined. Of these, 43 tested positive.
Jail officials said that these inmates are asymptomatic and their samples were collected on Sunday as they shared barracks with the 18 infected.
The administration has now decided to start a health centre within the jail premises. The 80-bed hospital will be ready by this weekend.
Last month too, two inmates had tested positive. One of the inmates, who was admitted to a hospital in Ahmedabad for surgery, had tested positive and another inmate who was in contact with him had contracted the virus.
Officer on special duty for Covid-19, Vinod Rao, visited the jail with other officials to take stock of the situation. Rao said that the jail also had a staff of six doctors including a surgeon and a physician attached full-time to the hospital.
SSG Hospital which is presently being used as the facility for serious ailments as well as Covid-19 among prisoners will handhold the facility at the jail. Rao and others also visited the SSG Hospital to check the progress on work there for upgrading it to a facility to treat 500 Covid-19 patients.
Jail officials said that they had been taking precautions even before the first case was registered in Vadodara. Initially, a cap on the number of visitors was placed and the time of meeting was also reduced. Later, as cases started increasing, every new prisoner is now being kept in isolation for two weeks.