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Jul 19, 2013

Unsanitary environment at Kolbe

The issue of public health at the Belize Central Prison is also raising serious concerns tonight, following a recent visit by officials from the Office of the Ombudsman.  In the wake of the call, public health authorities have filed a report detailing the results of an assessment which includes the unsanitary environment where inmates and employees of the prison prepare daily meals.  The kitchen, ran by a team of forty-five men and women, both inmates and civilians, is said to be swarmed by houseflies.  While authorities have asked prison management to immediately address the situation, C.E.O. Earl Jones says that cleanliness, as well as the upkeep of the facility is a collective effort which includes input from the Public Health Department.

 

Earl Jones, CEO, Kolbe Foundation

“I applaud the ombudsman initiative to come and visit and bring along the public health officer to come and do and inspection. That for us was excellent because it helps us to look at what we are doing and to look at what need to be done. And I must say that the healthcare services of the Belizean Central Prison is not the responsibility or is the sole responsibility of the Kolbe Foundation, it clearly spells out that it is the responsibility of the government of Belize. We know that the government is stretched thin with its finances so we need to step in as well and assist. We have come a long way and I would like to shoe you a picture of what the kitchen was prior to Kolbe taking over. There was no kitchen it was open cooking within the yard of the prison. Yes there is room for improvement but right now we have a kitchen we also have a dining area where inmates can come and sit down and enjoy their meal. We have come a long way, think about preparing 4800 meals per day, think about baking 3200 bread a day at the kitchen. It is a mass operation there but still we are able to keep the kitchen in a proper healthy way. Yes there are flies like anywhere else there will be flies but public health is one of the agency that normally comes in and spray periodically for us to help us reduce the fly population. They also come in to look at the situation with rodents and drainage and all this. So they have found over the past couple of months or years we have to keep behind them for them to come in and take up their responsibility. It’s not only Kolbe’s responsibility its all the agencies that is supposed to be involved.”

The kitchen at the Belize Central Prison, despite the recent assessment, has come a long way from an outdoor cooking area using a fire hearth to an enclosed building with proper cooking utensils.

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6 Responses for “Unsanitary environment at Kolbe”

  1. Shane says:

    Just read the Amandala and the Ombudsman’s report on the Kolbe prison. Its interesting that the Ombudsman is reporting on houseflies at the prison for a bunch of criminals who actually deserve to be eating the flies and not on the very important cases of abuse against innocent persons that have been victimized by police like our friend Stephen Buckley. Also, the kolbe prison looks like a modern one with stainless steel utensils so why make it better for these criminals to live luxuriously.

  2. melinda says:

    What is the fuss about??/ Let them eat the flies, they are there for bloody crimes for heavens sake.

  3. PgGial says:

    Houseflies do not spread Tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is airborne. Why can’t the prisoners be responsible for cleaning the prison? They’re there because they committed crimes so put them to work.

  4. datjustgudfudem says:

    so now we will waste our time to entertain prisoners environment; the objective of jail is for the prisoner to punish; it a punishment for what you have done. So therefore once he/she is freed that person should be damm afraid to return….as u say the word “P” they should shiver. The tax dollars is not for prisoners to live lavishly…we already have to feed them fools 3 times a day…..I wish they all could be remanded with hard labour. I wish the “Hard Labour Law” would come back for those lazy men who just want to thief, kill & don’t want to work; but that’s another matter because Human Rights will be there defending the wrong issues……..

  5. What? says:

    Hundreds of police brutality cases, issues with the Lands Department to legitimately get your documents and the ombudsman has time to check out flies? Really? What a joke of the ombudsman’s man office?? What a damn joke on him, shows where his priority is, what a screwed up government!

  6. history minded says:

    I like to think about Others. But when We face the same circusmtances and public health officers are easily bought. It disgusts me. Just check the bakeries in Belize…

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