GHANBATT 7 organises medical outreach for South Sudan inmates

Personnel of the Ghana Battalion 7 (GHANBATT) serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have organized a health screening and medication exercise for 130 inmates at Bentiu Central Prison.


The medical outreach, which formed part of GHANBATT 7's Civil-Military Coordination (CIMIC) activities was aimed at uplifting the health status and social well- being of the inmates.

A statement issued to the Ghana News Agency by Sub Lieutenant Ako Nai, Press and Information Officer of the Ghanaian Battalion in South Sudan said about 130 inmates and guards were screened and administered medication for blood pressures, blood glucose, malaria, height and weight.

The statement said Lt Col Antwi Awuah Darkwa, the Commanding Officer of the GHANBATT, in an interaction with the inmates encouraged them to take advantage of the correctional facility they find themselves in to reform their lives.

He added that being detained in a prison was not the end of the world and encouraged them to look up to the former South African President, the late Nelson Mandela who came from prison and rose to become a president and one of the greatest world leaders.

The statement said Capt Jaspah Eric Mawusi, the CIMIC Officer explained that prisoners in situations like these do not normally get the medical attention they deserved, hence, the decision to assist the inmates of the Bentiu Prisons.

He added that he was convinced that the impact the outreach would leave on the inmates would be perpetual as some of them have not had medical attention for a long time.

Major Richard Kwaku Owusu, the Senior Medical Officer revealed that most of the inmates suffered from musculoskeletal pains and a high number of them suffered from scabies and worm infestation. He said this discovery would inform the medical team in their approach in subsequent medical outreaches.

The Acting Director of the Bentiu Central Prison, Major General Yoanis Orac Tipo, expressed his gratitude to the GHANBATT for their initiative to help the inmates with their medical conditions.

He appealed to the GHANBATT to frequently support them with medical supplies to enable them to treat minor cases at the prison.

Source: GNA


Created: 22 May 2019
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