Over 40 medical personnel have been seconded from the Ghana Health Service and posted to various prison establishments to improve health systems in the country’s ’s prisons.
Additionally, national policy has also been launched to register all inmates onto the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia made the disclosure at the Graduation Parade of Officer Cadet Course Intake 26 of the Ghana Prisons Service.
He added that all prison infirmaries are to be accredited to receive national health insurance claims soon.
“Government is also working closely with the service to improve the health system within our prisons.
“The Service has steadily increased the intake of medical personnel towards achieving the same purpose.”
A national policy was launched in 2018 at Nsawam Medium Security Prison in Accra to register all inmates onto the NHIS.
So far, 80% of inmates at the prison have been covered.
Under this same policy, all prison infirmaries are to be accredited to receive National Health Insurance claims.
Here also, the Nsawam Medium Security Prison, Ankaful Maximum Security Prison and Koforidua Local Prison have received the necessary accreditation to receive claims.
The plan is extend the accreditation to all prison establishments and the infirmaries.
Vice President Bawumia indicated that government is keenly aware of the accommodation and other logistical challenges facing the prisons service, and is working assiduously to address them.
“We are taking steps to expand accommodation facilities for officers.
“To this end, contractors have been requested back to site to complete blocks of flats at the Ankaful and Nsawam Prisons, and lately to the Roman Ridge Prisons Complex to complete two blocks of flats which have been abandoned for over a decade,” he said.
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