Red eye disease strikes Torit prison; over 320 inmates sick

Red eye disease strikes Torit prison; over 320 inmates sick

The Director for Prison Service in Eastern Equatoria State, Maj. Gen. Ceasar Tombe speaks to the media in his office in Torit [Theophilous Ochang, The City Review]

At least 320 inmates were reportedly affected by the red eye disease and have been admitted to Torit Central Prison in Eastern Equatoria State.

According to the authorities, the disease first affected a few people before spreading to over 320 inmates in a span of two days.

In an exclusive interview with The City Review on Wednesday, the Director for Prison Service in Eastern Equatoria State, Maj. Gen. Ceaser Tombe, said the sick inmates were identified after a thorough assessment by the state ministry of health on Tuesday.  

 “The health personnel from the ministry came yesterday because they were told that there is outbreak of red eye at Torit Central Division,” he said.

He decried the reduction in labour given that majority of the inmates were affected.

 “Now, we are taking people who are well and those who are not well will remain until they recovered and now,” he said.

Tombe said he was committed to working together with the ministry of health to allow the inmates recover.

“We want these people to recover,” he said, as he warned against letting in those who are infected to see the inmates. Torit Central Division is currently holding over 400 inmates. 

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