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HMP creating in-house hospital ward for minor medical needs

The territory’s sole correctional facility will soon have the capacity to handle certain medical needs of inmates in the comfort of an internal hospital ward.

Acting Superintendent of Prisons, Mario Christopher said this was one of the ongoing changes taking place at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut.

The hospital ward is located where the chapel once was while the chapel has been moved to a new location outside the prison’s gym facilities.

Christopher described the move as necessary.

“So instead of having to send inmates to the hospital for minor things that they might have to overnight for, we can do all of that here,” he said.

According to Christopher, the prison pushed to have this facility due to a recent issue at the Dr D Orlando Smith Hospital a few months ago where there were three inmates at the hospital at one time.

“The hospital was not able to house them in one single area, so that cost us, three staff, so our resources were depleted guarding the hospital when they should be guarding the prison,” Christopher further explained. 

Successful stint in boss’s chair

In the meantime, Christopher said his stint as the Acting Superintendent went smoothly. He said Superintendent of Prisons Verne Garde left the territory for his annual vacation on March 19 and returned on July 12.

He said after his two-week quarantine, Garde commenced work on August 6 and Christopher will officially hand-over the reins to him sometime this week.

“In his absence, the compound continued to function as normal as if he were here because one of the things Mr Garde did is that he structured things in such a way that whoever is in the superintendent’s chair merely has to follow the plan. So there was no adverse situation that we encountered in his absence. One of the things we are proud to say is we had no serious incidents, we had no escapes, and given the current pandemic situation, we had no cases of COVID-19 detected within the prison,” Christopher said during an interview on Tuesday.

He said when COVID-19 was detected in the territory, they took ‘extreme measures’ and some of these measures included inspections as well as lecturers on the hygiene and sanitization protocols by the Ministry of Health.

“We also took the opportunity to draft a pandemic plan which we didn’t have before and so we coupled the pandemic plan with our hurricane disaster plan, and we also put in a business continuity plan in the event that something were to happen that the prison could continue to function,” he explained.

Christopher said the prison further identified an area for isolation, which can house up to 10 persons for quarantine purposes if needed.

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  1. imejuice says:

    Good rhinking! And we’re saving money in the long run. The BVI moving in the right direction.

  2. Hmmm says:

    Is the head of the prison a BVIlander or belonger?
    If the answer is no, then how did he get back in?

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  3. Shorty says:

    Exactly!!! And when i said if we believe that non nationals have not been entering the territory we are fooling ourselves. The rules apply to who they want. But ironically they denied entry after granting approval to the two nurses essential workers in the middle of a pandemic!!! Pure and utter foolishness. Also, clearly the rules don’t apply to the rich and famous within VI waters as they go and come as they please. Flying in and out the territory.

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  4. lol says:

    wow same staff going have tto stay in tthe oom , o the i guess the inate going be eftt unattendend and …….

  5. Interesting says:

    In the interest of national security we question certain moved. This is so rediculous.

  6. Interesting says:

    Be more logical. Foresight is needed. Easier access to breaks for officers. No need for two or three officers you have a whole jail staff on site. Stop being narrow

  7. wowed says:

    Before we condemn the government let us check who is moving in and out. Are they resources for our country or people coming on vacation. Remember before COVID we relied on pepole from the outside to provide some of the human resources we could not provide for ourselves. Let us now take this COVID example to become a resource for our nation so people would stop coming in and out.

  8. onlooker says:

    excellent move. No inmates should be leaving the jail for medical attention unless a speciality is needed or an emergency medical attention.

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