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,Ghana Prisons Service, was a medical outreach aimed at providing healthcare services to prisoners in the 43 prisons in Ghana.
The ceremony organized at the Female Prison on Wednesday August 29, 2018, was to launch ‘My Health Behind Bars’.
Over two thousand female and male prisoners were screened by about fifty (50) health practitioners from the Ghana Health Service (GHS) for various diseases.
The inmates who needed treatment were also given medication to manage their illness during the outreach programme.
Speaking at the programme Mr. Ebenezer Kofi Adu-Lartey, the chief Executive director of Divine Group International foundation, indicated that the foundation was set up to provide quality healthcare service to the deprived and marginalised groups in local communities as a social responsibility towards the development of the country.
Farouk Aliu Mahama, the son of the late Aliu Mahama also said the AMF was planning to extend their outreach to all 43 prisoners 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 will also help Ghana attain Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 3, which is to ensure healthy lives and well-being for all ages.
He went on to appeal to corporate organisations to support such initiatives to better the lives of seemingly neglected persons in the country.
On his part, Dr Samuel Kaba, who represented the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Nsiah-Asare, was happy about the interest of civil society organisations in providing healthcare for incarcerated persons.
He was grateful to the Aliu Mahama Foundation and the Divine Group International for the initiative, and called on other organisations to emulate same.