Tuberculosis worries at Horizon Remand Centre
Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
A number of inmates at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre are believed to be suffering from tuberculosis.
One of four men who were to attend the Home Circuit Court today on a murder case did not turn up.
His lawyer told The Gleaner that he made checks and found out that the man was in hospital suffering from tuberculosis.
Attorney-at-law, Valerie Neita-Robertson, says she also has a client who was diagnosed with the disease last week.
Neita-Robertson says since last October she has been complaining to prison authorities that her client had symptoms of tuberculosis but he was not taken for a checkup until last week.
She is concerned that this is not only a health hazard at the remand centre but that judges, lawyers and court staff can be exposed to the infectious disease.
Neita-Robertson is calling for such prisoners to be placed in quarantine.
Efforts to reach Commissioner of Corrections Jevene Bent were unsuccessful.
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