25 inmates in Tonj North prison catch scabies

The administration of Warrap prison in Tonj North County says the prison ward is facing poor hygiene, causing infections among the inmates.

Currently, there are 200 inmates in the prison, and they are sharing only one latrine, according to the prison director.

Col Mapel Ayuel, Tonj North prison director, says the only latrine in the prison is now full hence maintaining hygiene is hard.

Due to the poor hygiene and sanitation at the facility, 25 prisoners are reportedly suffering from  scabies.

“We have 25 inmates with cases of infection on their private organs and those people are being treated in Tonj hospital,” Ayuel said.

He appealed to the Ministry of Health for and other concerned government institution to help construct new latrines there.

“The health department they can also visited us to see what is really happened the prison because men are suffering a lot of that sickness,” the director added.

Scabies is an infestation of the skin by the human itch mite, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The microscopic scabies mite burrows into the upper layer of the skin where it lives and lays its eggs. The most common symptoms of scabies are intense itching and a pimple-like skin rash.

Health experts say scabies can be classed as a sexually transmitted infection (STI), because it can be spread through sexual contact.

Of the 200 prisoners servicing various jail terms for adultery, theft, and domestic violence, 12 are women.