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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 121-122

Corona Virus Disease 2019 Pandemic: The Necessity for Outbreak Readiness and Response Plan in Prison Settings


1 Member of the Medical Education Unit and Institute Research Council, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India

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Professor Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College & Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Tiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu-603108
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DOI: 10.4103/mamcjms.mamcjms_21_20

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The pandemic of Corona Virus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) has overwhelmed the health care delivery system and compelled the public health authorities to mount an unprecedented response against the novel viral infection. People who are deprived of their freedom and who are residing in prison or other detention centers, usually stay in close proximity and therefore there is a definite possibility that they can be a source of infection or multiplication and thus play an important role in the transmission of this viral infection within and beyond the prison settings. Thus, there is a definite need for each of the nation to improve their outbreak readiness and response system to identify and manage the cases of the disease in prison settings. In conclusion, in the ongoing battle against COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of people in prison cannot be ignored, as there is a definite possibility for the introduction and amplification of the disease in the prison as well as in the community


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