Drug Shortage Hits Sunyani Central Prisons Infirmary

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By Ansu Kofi Richard, B/A

The Brong-Ahafo Regional Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ghana Prisons Service, ASP Vincent B. Ziniel, says the Sunyani Central Prisons Infirmary Clinic, has no drugs for the treatment of inmates.

He revealed that, the officers at the station sometimes use their own money to buy drugs for the inmates when the need arises.

ASP Ziniel, said the clinic currently has a total of 870 inmates with only a little more than half, having the National Health Insurance card.

He said that, the delay in registration was due to the fact that the National Health Insurance Scheme personnel attended to other institutions and therefore barely came around to conduct the registration.

ASP Ziniel, again added that the cards are being kept by the nurses, but are given out to discharged persons when leaving.

The PRO, also pointed out that the clinic needed assistance, because the cards were not beneficiary of certain drugs prescribed by doctors when they visit hospitals and as a matter of fact, the officers sometimes had to purchase them by themselves. “We will gladly welcome individual efforts too”, he added.

The ASP, however, made it clear that the prison has seen no expansion, though there has been increase in the number of inmates and passed a message across that, other prisons could help by absorbing some inmates at their various stations for a possible transfer of some of the inmates.

Talking about the relationship between the officers and inmates, ASP said, there was a very cordial relationship. “Some officers donate blood to the prisoners when the need arises and this clearly demonstrates the love we have for them”, he added.

He finally advised that it would be a good thing, if there was a partnership for commercial farming.

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