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Kakata, May 2, (LINA) – Authorities at the Kakata Central Prison in Margibi County says there is an outbreak of a rash (itchy skin disease) among inmates that is causing serious health problems for them.

According to the Liberia News Agency a copy of report from the Kakata Central Prison during the county’s regular monthly Peace, Security and Rule of Law Pillar meeting, the Deputy Prison Superintendent, Marcus Yanco, said the situation at the central prison requires an immediate attention by government through the Ministry of Health to avoid it becoming catastrophic.

Yanco said the inmates were receiving treatment twice a week from the Margibi County Heath Team, which stopped; and as result, inmates at the Kakata Central Prison are experiencing a very serious outbreak of rash on their bodies.

He further said in the report that the nurses assigned at the prison to provide medical treatment for the inmates are not regular anymore as they have abandoned their duties and responsibility to the inmates.  He appealed to the Margibi County Health Team to resume their medical services to the inmates.

In a related development, there are reports of the over crowdedness of the Kakata Central Prison.

In the Deputy Prison Superintendent’s monthly report to the Peace, Security and Rule of Law Pillar meeting on Monday, May 1, Marcus Yanco said there is currently a total of 176 adult inmates including two females and four juveniles.

He said out of the 176, 55 have been tried and sentenced by the 13th Judicial Circuit Court in Kakata.

He stated that the Kakata Central Prison, which was constructed in 1980 during the administration of former Superintendent Lafayette Carter, was intended to host a total of 55 inmates, a number it has exceeded three times over.

He also said the prison lacks padlocks and other essential materials to properly manage it.

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