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MCJ assures rest of inmates safe from disease


By Hans Amancio

The Manila City Jail (MCJ) assured that the rest of its inmates are safe from diseases, following the death of one of its inmates Sunday due to an alleged “flesh-eating disease”.

Manila City Jail (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Manila City Jail (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Jail Senior Inspector Jayrex Bustinera, spokesperson of the Manila City Jail, confirmed that none of the other inmates got infected, thanks to regular sanitation meaures.

“Wala po. Daily po [ang] pag-sanitize ng infirmary namin. Regular protocol ‘din po to check their medical condition upon arrival (None. We sanitize our infirmary daily. And it’s our regular protocol to check the inmates’ medical condition upon arrival),” Bustinera told Manila Bulletin.

On July 8, the victim identified as Gerry Baluran, was brought to the Jose Reyes Medical Center after falling unconscious inside the jail infirmary at 11:15 p.m., Det. Charles John Duran said in a report.

However, Baluran eventually succumbed to his condition and was declared dead on arrival.

Reports said that Baluran, who faced charges for violation of R.A. 9165 and P.D. 1602, was previously detained at the Manila Police District-POlice Station 9 and was eventually brought to the MCJ in Sta. Cruz , Manila following a court order.

Before being transffered to the MCJ, Bustinera said that the late inmate’s medical certificate showed that he had “necrotizing fasciitis”, a disease that causes tissues of the body to detetiorate.

Bustinera, however, assured that upon the discovery of his disease, Baluran was admitted to the jail infirmary and did not interact with other inmates.

“Mr. Galuran was immediately sent to the infirmary ward and not mixed with the general population of the jail,” he added.

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