Bangladesh: Protection of detainees continues amid COVID-19

Dhaka (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) continues to support the Prisons Directorate (PD) in Bangladesh amid COVID-19 to help mitigate the risk of the spread of coronavirus infection among detainees and its staff members. It recently contributed to increase of the capacity of the Old Dhaka Central Jail accommodation centre for guards.

Under this project, the ICRC donated five tents for housing guards, set up hygiene facilities and power supply, while supporting the centre with disinfection materials and personal protection equipment (PPE).

The ICRC further extended its support to the PD by setting up three focal COVID-19 isolation facilities, reflected in the technical cooperation, the management of infrastructure and services in Feni and Kishoreganj isolation centres. Besides this, work is under way to launch a 70-bed isolation centre in the central jail of Keraniganj.

The support includes designing and implementing the rehabilitation of the centres, providing technical support to establish guidelines and implementing infection prevention and control measures. Basic medical and sanitation equipment, as well as furniture, have also been provided.

 

Source : Icrc