Due to the increase of tuberculosis cases in district jails, Jail Chief Inspector Rosalina Malahay, provincial jail administrator of BJMP, said her agency was able to secure funding assistance from the Department of Health (DOH) to put up TB jail facilities.
Of the P500,000 for construction of infirmary jail facilities, Dumaguete City and Bais City will have an equal share of P200,000 each and the remaining P100,000 allotted for Guihulngan City.
With the support of the DOH, Malahay said the overcrowded detention facilities being an effective breeding ground for the spread of TB, will be controlled with separate treatment room.
Malahay said the rise of TB patients in jails is expected also to infect and create greater health risk for the inmates’ visitors-families especially their children.
The construction of the infirmary facilities will be administered by the BJMP which Malahay plans to start this month.
Inmates affected with TB will have access to proper treatment and monitoring of their health conditions with this facility.
Meanwhile, Malahay said as a way of reforming the detainees, the BJMP has introduced a therapeutic community modality program provincewide which treat behavioral approach.
“This is a behavioral treatment approach designed for drug dependents clients making each one of them while in confinement become part of the treatment therapy hopefully helping them negate their criminal behavior and making them a transformed citizen when they go back to the community,” said Malahay.
She also reported during a peace and order council meeting that for 2012, no jailbreak or any untoward incidents occurred within the jails in the province.
Malahay noted that her agency’s significant accomplishment is the turn-over of the new Tanjay district jail facility funded by the Tanjay City government. (FCR/JCT-PIA 7, Negros Oriental)