False outbreak report at correctional school

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  • Thursday, 14 May 2015

KOTA KINABALU: Claims of a skin disease outbreak among inmates of the Henry Gurney correctional school in Sabah’s interior Keningau district are false, state Prisons Department said.

Department director Ab Basir Mohamad said only one inmate was found to be suffering from scabies before he was admitted into the correctional school.

He said the department had taken various measures to ensure sufficient water supply for the inmates at the facility.

“There are water tanks to counter the low water pressure due to the high elevation situation. The inmates can shower twice a day,” Ab Basir added.

He said following a statement by local NGO Borneo Rights International that many inmates at the school were suffering from scabies as there was insufficient water supply there for their personal hygiene.

Borneo Rights chairman Kanul Gindol said health authorities as well as the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) should check conditions at the school.

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