Kwamina Tandoh, GNA
Nsawam (E/R), Sept.7, GNA - The Divine Group International (DGI) Foundation has launched ‘My Health Behind Bars’ at the Nsawam Medium Security Prisons in the Eastern Region, to help improve the health of inmates across the country.
The programme, organised in partnership with the Aliu Mahama Foundation, a non-governmental organisation and supported by the Ghana Health Service, (GHS) Ghana Prisons Service, held at the female prison is a medical outreach aimed at providing healthcare services to prisoners in the 43 prisons in Ghana.
At the launch, over two thousand female and male prisoners were screened by about 50 health practitioners from the GHS for various diseases.
The inmates who needed treatment were also given medication to manage their illness after the screening.
Mr Ebenezer Kofi Adu-Lartey, the Chief Executive Director of DGI Foundation said the Foundation was set up to provide quality healthcare service to the deprived and marginalised groups in communities as a social responsibility towards the development of the country.
Mr Farouk Aliu Mahama, the Son of the late Vice President Aliu Mahama said the Aliu Mahama Foundation was planning to extend their outreach to all 43 prison centres in the country to commemorate the life and hard work of the late Vice President, as a way to augment the efforts of government in providing quality healthcare, adding that the programme would also help Ghana attain Sustainable Development Goals 3, which is to ensure healthy lives and well-being for all ages.
He appealed to corporate organisations to support such initiatives to better the lives of seemingly neglected persons in the country.
Dr Samuel Kaba who represented the Director-General of GHS Dr Nsiah-Asare, commended of the DGI Foundation and the Aliu Mahama Foundation in providing healthcare for incarcerated persons.
He was grateful to the Aliu Mahama Foundation and the DGI Foundation for the initiative, and called on other organisations to emulate same.