The Aliu Mahama Foundation (AMF) 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 Divine Group international, a non governmental organisation and supported by the Ghana Health Service on Wednesday August 29,2018, at the female prison, was a medical outreach aimed at providing healthcare to prisoners in Ghana.
At a ceremony organized at the Female Prison to launch ‘My Health Behind Bars’, over two thousand female and male prisoners were screened by about thirty (30) 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, Farouk Aliu Mahama, son of the late former vice president Alhaji Aliu Mahama, indicated that the foundation which was set up to continue the good works of his father, was just exercising its social responsibility towards the development of the country.
“We did this programme to commemorate my father, the late Aliu Mahama for the prisoners to feel the type of person he was and what he stood for,” he added.
Wesley Owusu, the Programme Manager of the Foundation 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 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.
Story by: Henryson Okrah/myxyzonline.com