Penor prison disinfected to keep prisoners safe from virus


  • Metro News
  • Friday, 17 Apr 2020

The team comprising firefighters and workers from the Kuantan Municipal Council arriving at the prison to carry out disinfection works. — Bernama

KUANTAN: Precautionary measures have been taken at the Penor Prison here, including disinfecting all its building blocks to curb the spread of Covid-19.

This was carried out although no case has been recorded among its inmates.

Penor Prison director Datuk Abu Hasan Hussain said the safety and health of the inmates had always been the priority of the prison management, with measures taken since the early stage of the outbreak to prevent infection.

He said the measures taken included requiring prison staff and visitors to have their body temperature taken daily and to wear face mask before being allowed into the premises, with more stringent check conducted on new inmates.

“The sanitation operation is conducted to allay fear among the inmates family members because we received many inquiries from them, expressing their concern over the spread of the virus as the prisoners are sharing cells, ” he said after a disinfection exercise at the prison.

Acting Pahang Fire and Rescue director Mohd Zahar Abdullah was also present.

On the disinfection exercise, Abu Hasan said it was carried out at all the four cell blocks, during which all the inmates were gathered in an open areas to facilitate the work which was carried out by firefighters and workers from the Kuantan Municipal Council.

Besides the cell blocks, the exercise also involved the workshops, library, classrooms, the health centre as well as the office and staff quarters, ” he added.

There are 2,473 inmates at the Penor Prison.

Mohd Zahar said the Pahang Fire and Rescue Department had conducted the exercise at 250 premises, including government buildings, business premises and public areas such as markets, since March 30.

He said it was conducted with the cooperation of various agencies, including local government authorities and Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Corporation. — Bernama

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