The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) reached out to Tamale Central Prison with a free health-screening outreach for officers and inmates, a donation of assorted medication supplies worth GH¢25,000 to prison infirmary and a gift of GH¢4,000 cash to the prison meet some immediate needs. The association also treated inmates to a hearty meal after the screening.

The outreach was part of activities leading up to GMA’s 61st Annual General Conference (AGC) in Tamale. The impending conference is themed ‘The Health of Prisoners and other Vulnerable Groups in Ghana: The Realities and Expectations.

President of Ghana Medical Association Dr. Frank Ankobea GMA would continue to play its role as the lead advocate for the health of all people, including prisoners. Northern Regional Commander of Ghana Prisons Service (GPS) Mr. Samuel Tannor received the gifts on behalf of the service and commended GMA for the assistance package.

Mr. Tannor appealed for support to help the prison service deliver better services for inmates, take better care of prisoners and facilitate their reform and rehabilitation.

Chairman of Tamale Central Prison Council Most Rev. Peter Paul Y. Angkyier, Catholic Bishop of Damongo, said the health of prisoners was of concern to the council. Most Rev. Angkyier described the assistance provided by GMA as timely and reflective of GMA’s role as lead advocate for good health for all.

Credits: | Samuel Duodu