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Medicine shortage hits Ghana Prisons’ clinics

According to the service, the shortage of medicines in their infirmaries across the country is affecting healthcare delivery to inmates.

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In an interview on Accra-based Joy FM, the Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Prisons Service, Vitalis Aryee blamed the frequent medicine shortage to insufficient budgetary allocation from government.

“We still keep appealing to people that government alone cannot do it. The Prisons Service has always appealed to philanthropic organizations and individuals to come to the aid of the Prisons and the prisoners because it could be anybody’s turn in prison,” he said.

Mr. Aryee indicated that the only way they can stock up on medicines is by appealing to well-meaning Ghanaians.

“We will keep appealing because that is the only way out,” he remarked.

A few weeks ago, the Brong Ahafo Regional PRO of the Ghana Prisons Service, ASP Vincent Ziniel Bekyur revealed that the Sunyani Central Prisons Infirmary had no medicines to treat sick inmates.

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

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