Sekondi, May 30, GNA - More than nine hundred prison inmates in the Western Region have benefited from a three-day health screening exercise embarked upon by the Ministry of Health.
The exercise aimed at providing quality health care for prison inmates across the country followed constant reports of ill-health among prison inmates.
So far, more than 6,000 inmates from Nsawam Medium Security Prisons in the Greater Accra Region, Cape Coast Maximum Security Prisons in the Central Region, Sekondi Central Prisons, Ekuase Prisons and Female Prisons at Sekondi in the Western Region had benefited from the pilot health screening project.
The Administrative Manager of Biomedical Engineering Unit of the Ministry of Health, Mr. Ocran Anyagre, who told the Ghana News Agency in Sekondi on Friday during the health screening exercise for inmates at the Sekondi Central Prisons, said the exercise formed part of government‘s commitment to meet the constitutional rights of inmates and the citizenry at large, hence the acquisition of the eight mobile clinics by government last year for the operations
He said there are specialized medical personnel that moved with the vans and diagnose inmates on malaria, diabetics, hypertension, physical fitness, ear, nose, throat and eye infections, as well as dental care, and then administer medicine for such ailments.
He said the mobile clinics would also visit ministries, schools, children orphanage homes and deprived communities across the country to offer free medical screening to ensure quality health care.
Mr. Anyagre indicated that after the exercise, the medical team would analyse the data gathered, so as to ascertain prevalent ailments among the inmates, and accordingly give recommendations to the prison authorities on measures to curb such sickness.
He said government would seek for donor support in order to sustain the programme as it is very expensive to run.
Chief Superintendent Joseph Yankey, Second-in-Command of the Sekondi Central Prisons, suggested an establishment of new prison facilities in the region in view of the increase in inmates due to rising crime rate.
In the region, he said, there are 980 inmates comprising 810 in Sekondi Central Prisons, 150 at Ekuase and 20 at the Sekondi Female Prisons, and that 85 percent of the inmates had been screened as at Friday May 30.