Sarfoa Foundation, in partnership with International Medical Association for Global Health Empowerment (IMAGHE) Ghana and AirtelTigo, has organised a health fair for inmates in the Amanfrom Camp Prison in the Ashanti Region.
This gesture is part of the Prison Reform Project embarked on by the winner of Ghana’s Most Beautiful 2021, Benedicta Sarfoa Asamoah, Founder of the Sarfoa Foundation.
In all, 200 inmates were screened for various types of sicknesses and were given medication where appropriate.
Speaking to the B&FT in an interview, Ms. Asamoah explained the reasons for the health fair.
“We strongly believe that these people, after serving their term, come back to society and we are likely to contract certain diseases they acquired from the environment because of overcrowding, congestion and some poor conditions in the prison facilities. So, it is highly imperative that foundations like us come to their aid and carry out health screening, educate them, and give them medications,” she said.
With almost two weeks for her reign as a beauty queen to end, Ms. Asamoah noted that the Prison Reform Project will not end with her reign; but it will continue to ensure prisoners who serve their term are integrated into society effectively.
“We are also interacting with some inmates who will serve their term within the next two months to ensure effective reintegration into the society when they are out. The foundation will not end with the reign, we are hoping to do training with some of the inmates. We have their data and we will make sure to follow up on them,” she emphasised.
Country Director for International Medical Association for Global Health Empowerment (IMAGHE) Ghana, Fred Okyere, told the B&FT that his outfit partnered with the Sarfoa Foundation because they all believe in the same ideals, hence, providing care for the vulnerable in the society.
For his part, Commander for the Amanfrom Camp Prison, Assistant Director of Prisons (ADP) Justice Assumang, lauded the Sarfoa Foundation and its partners for the gesture toward the inmates. He further called on other philanthropists to emulate them and frequently come to the aid of inmates in the various prisons across the country.
“It has come at the right time. When it comes to health issues, it is not really good. So, for them to visit the facility and attend to prisoners, I think it is very welcoming news to us. We ask other philanthropists to join in the future,” he said.
The Sarfoa Foundation has visited over eight prisons nationwide to come to speed with challenges facing inmates, and has assisted them in several ways with other partners and sponsor like AirtelTigo.