Mozambique: 51 Deaths in Mozambican Prisons in First Quarter

Maputo – More than 50 prisoners died in the first quarter of this year in Mozambique’s prisons, mostly from HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, according to the National Prisons Directorate (SERNAP).

The SERNAP National Director of Health Care, Cremilda Anly, gave the figures on Wednesday, during a visit to the SERNAP headquarters by the new Minister of Justice, Isaque Chande.

“In the first three months of the year, there were 51 deaths in all the 81 penitentiaries”, Anly said. The single most important cause of death was AIDS.

“25 prisoners died from HIV/AIDS”, she said, “while a further 21 died from other pathologies such as tuberculosis and malaria”.

Anly added that in the same period 264 cases of illness were recorded in the 81 prisons. “These data result from tests on 1,926 inmates of the prisons”, she said. “1,507 prisoners were screened for tuberculosis, and in 57 cases the results were positive”.

SERNAP statistics show that there are about 15,000 prisoners in the country’s jail, around 3,000 of whom are HIV-positive.

SOURCE: Mozambique News Agency