This morning, vice president Dr Bawumia was the Review Officer at the graduation and commissioning of one hundred and forty (140) Prisons Officer Cadets at the Prisons Officers Training School in Accra.
He indicated that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government is working closely with the Service to improve the health system within our prisons. In this regard, over forty (40) medical personnel have been seconded from the Ghana Health Service and posted to various prison establishments.
A national policy has also been launched to register all inmates onto the National Health Insurance Scheme. So far about 80% of inmates at the Nsawam Medium Security Prison have been covered. Also, all prison infirmaries are to be accredited to receive national health insurance claims.
Government has taken 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 Roman Ridge Prisons complex.
He commended the Service for undertaking major rehabilitation programmes in its quest to better equip inmates for life after prison.
He admonished the new officers and also serving officers to discharge their duties diligently, and show the inmates in their care love and concern, without compromising on their ethics.
Congratulations to all new officers.
Ghana Prisons Service