The Eastern Regional branch of the Ghana Prisons Service is appealing to individuals and groups to support the Service with the necessary logistics to help curb the spread of Covid-19.
According to the Eastern Regional Prisons Service, they have not yet received personal protection equipment being distributed by government.
In a radio interview monitored by primenewsghana.com today, Second in Command of the prisons, Assistant Director of Prisons (ADP) Joseph Asabre called on the public to assist in providing necessary logistics to fight Covid-19
''We want to appeal to individuals to come to our aid to help us because the prison health is public health. If someone contracts the disease and is supposed to be even discharged,he will go out and probably spreads it to other citizens. We appeal to the public to provide us with the necessary logistics to help us prevent these things. Things like hand sanitizers, vitamin C supplements because currently, we have 681 prisoners in custody. We haven't received any PPEs from government therefore support in any form that will help us combat this disease is welcomed''.
He added that the service has instituted some measures to protect staff, inmates and visitors against the spread of the virus.
These include the provision of veronica buckets of water and soap at vantage points, hand sanitizers, limiting the number of visitors and conversation with inmates, suspension of group and church fellowship, as well as suspension of annual leave for health professionals among others.
ADP Joseph Asabre added that one prison cell has also been earmarked for new prisoners for a period of fourteen days before adding them to the main prison cell to ensure the safety of the inmates.
He further indicated that even though his outfit has not recorded any case yet, the inmates are screened vigorously by the health professionals in the prisons to curb the spread of the virus.