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Some warders not back on job


Some warders not back on job
Superintendent of Prisons Lieutenant Colonel John Nurse. (Picture by Lennox Devonish)

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Some prison officers who were recently released from quarantine have not returned to duty at Her Majesty’s Prisons Dodds.

Superintendent of Prisons Lieutenant Colonel John Nurse disclosed yesterday that some of them had submitted sick certificates.

However, he said 70 officers, including himself, had returned to the job.

Nurse was giving an update during yesterday’s press conference on the situation since COVID-19 struck there two weeks ago, resulting in 240 male inmates and 72 staff testing positive for the virus.

The prison, which has an inmate population of 790, was being managed by a combination of forces, including the Barbados Defence Force and the police.

“A significant number of us tested negative twice and were eventually released. The vast majority of those persons have joined the working parties that we have here at the prison,” Nurse told the media.

Complimented officers

“Some of them have not returned; some have produced sick leave certificates,” he said, as he complimented those officers who worked during the crisis and those who had returned.

“As superintendent I feel very proud to be associated with those type of persons and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for the type of dedication to duty and camaraderie and bravery that they have demonstrated,” he said.

Minister of Home Affairs Wilfred Abrahams also commended the officers for their sacrifices.

Referring to them as heroes, he revealed that on Thursday, he met with those who had returned, adding “there is a general feeling of positivity”. (MB)

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