About 53 of the 669 inmates of the Central Prison in Gombe have been treated for scabies, following an outbreak of the disease at the facility.
Scabies is a contagious skin condition caused by tiny mites, called the human itch mites, that burrow into the skin. The main symptom of the disease is intense itching.
At the flag off and donation of intervention materials, the Director of Public Health in the Gombe State Ministry of Health, Dr Joshua Abubakar said the gesture was to control further spread of scabies among the inmates.”
Dr. Abubakar said the treatment and intervention programme was necessary because the disease had become an issue of public concern.
He said the disease was commonly found in places that were overcrowded, like boarding schools, prisons, and other related public institutions.
The inmates are our brothers and sisters; we need to eradicate the disease among them before it extended to other communities, Dr Abubakar stated.
According to him, there will be health education on personal hygiene for the inmates, we will fumigate the prison to prevent subsequent outbreak.
Presenting the health intervention materials to the Deputy Controller of Gombe Prison, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Kennedy Ishaya said, the Governor was aware of the challenges at the prison, especially, in the area of health.
He stated that government was prepared to intervene at all times and urged the inmates to make proper use of the health items given to them.
The deputy controller in charge of Gombe Central Prison, Mr. Abba Mohammed, who received the health intervention, said 53 out of the 669 inmates in the prison, were infected by the disease.
Mohammed promised that the items would be used for the purpose they were meant to serve.
The items provided include cartons of antiseptic, cartons of Tetmosol, bags of detergent and chemicals for the fumigation of the prison.
Source: Voice of Nigeria