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Staff absenteeism up at correctional facilities, flu-like symptoms blamed

Published:Thursday | September 25, 2014 | 5:49 PM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Jamaica Federation of Corrections is reporting that personnel at the island’s correctional facilities are being affected by chikungunya-like symptoms.




Federation Chairman Arlington Turner says all facilities, including juvenile centres, are experiencing levels of absenteeism among correctional officers who are sick with flu-like symptoms.



Turner says St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre is the worst affected with its staff complement down to about 25 per cent.



He notes that the facility generally has 140 staff members on duty.



However, Turner was quick to point out that security at St Catherine and all correctional facilities is not being compromised.



Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Jamaica Federation of Corrections says adequate resources are in place to treat inmates who are experiencing flu-like symptoms.



Turner says there is a small number of prisoners who have complained about feeling ill.



He says all suspected cases are addressed immediately by medical personnel and pharmacists within correctional facilities.



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