300 Mentally Ill Inmates Trapped In Zim Prisons

A total of 300 prisoners diagnosed with mental disorders  have spent more than 10 years detained inside Chikurubi Maximum prison and other correctional facilities around the country due to the absence of a mental health tribunal review board. By Michael Gwarisa This was revealed by Bulawayo Metropolitan legislator, Honourable Jasmine Toffa during an oral evidence session where Ministry of Health and Child Care Permanent Secretary, Dr Agnes Mahomva was briefing Parliament on the steps government has taken to resolve the Mental Health Tribunal Board issue. It’s not just a few outstanding…

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Zim Female Prisons A Ticking HIV Time bomb

…a single glove is inserted into more than 10 women’s privates to search for hidden objects …HIV in female prisons is more of a hygiene issue than it is sexual …Drug adherence a challenge due to stigma in prisons IT’S already been two years since Nkazana (not real name) left Chikurubi remand prison but gory memories and gustily images of her horrific experiences behind bars are still as clear and vivid as daylight. By Michael Gwarisa  Apart from the poor nutrition, living standards and social welfare issues inmates experience daily…

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TB Wreaks Havoc In Midlands Province Prisons

AT least 14 percent of prison inmates in three correctional centres in the Midlands province, namely Gwanda, Shurugwi and Blue Hills probation centres tested  positive for Tuberculosis (TB) according to an assessment conducted by the Jointed Hands Welfare Organisation (JHWO). By Michael Gwarisa Speaking to HealthTimes, JHWO Communications and Liaison Officer, Melody Mukundwi said they tested and screened a number inmates in the province and a number of them tested positive for the respiratory ailment. “JHWO is operational in three prisons Gwanda, Shurungwi and Blue Hills probation in Gweru. In…

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