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MEP deplore the quality of medical care in prisons in DRC

Kinshasa, December 1st, 2022 (CPA).– National deputies deplored the poor quality of medical care administered to prisoners in DRC, during the examination, on Thursday at the People’s Palace, of the bill determining the fundamental principles relating to the penitentiary regime in ground floor.

“Access to quality health care must be guaranteed to all detainees in prisons in DRC. This must come out clearly from the bill that we are examining”, recommended the national elected Lucain Kasongo, who noted in his speech, the lack of beds for the sick and the coinage of visits to detainees, like in prison from Kasapa to Lubumbashi in Haut-Katanga.

« The presence of children alongside their mothers detained in prisons constitutes a form of moral torture for these children », argued for her part Christelle Vuanga.

The Chairman of the National Assembly’s Human Rights Committee, Simon Pierre Iyananio, who presented the report of his committee on the said bill, reassured that the concerns raised by his colleagues were taken into account.

“We noted in this report the need for access to health care and to sufficient and good quality food. This must be guaranteed by the central government and the provinces which provide the means to penitentiary establishments”, affirmed Simon Pierre Iyananio.

At the end of the debate, the plenary approved the report of the Human Rights Committee, while asking it to manage it according to the remarks and recommendations formulated by the national elected.

The office granted 48 hours to national elected officials to submit their written amendments to the commission. He also gave the said committee 72 hours, from the date of receipt of the amendments, to present its final report to the plenary.

This bill on the fundamental principles relating to the penitentiary system in DRC is the work of national elected Gary Sakata and Jean Marc Lumbaku, it is recalled. ACP/Yogolelo and Nanouche

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