By S/Lt Ezekiel Ako
The Ghana Battalion 7 (GHANBATT 7) at the United Nations Mission In South Sudan (UNMISS), has organized a Medical Outreach at the Bentiu Central Prison for the about 130 inmates and guards, aimed at uplifting the health status and social well-being of the inmates, as part of the battalion’s Civil-Military (CIMIC) relations activities.
The outreach which took place on Saturday 18 May, 2019, screened and administered medication for blood pressures, blood glucose, malaria, height and weight, to all who were available.
The Commanding Officer of the GHANBATT, Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Antwi Awuah Darkwa interacting 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 urged 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 CIMIC officer, Captain (Capt) Jaspah Eric Mawusi, espoused the rationale for the medical outreach gesture, saying that prisoners do not normally get the medical attention they deserved, hence the decision to aid the inmates of Bentiu Prison.
Capt Mawusi added that the impact the outreach would leave on the inmates would be perpetual as some of them have not had the privilege of medical attention for a long time.
The Senior Medical Officer of GHANBATT 7, Major Richard Kwaku Owusu, revealed that most of the inmates suffered from musco-skeletal pains and that, a high number of them suffered from scabies and worm infestation, but stated that 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 GHANBATT 7 for their initiative to help the inmates with their medical conditions and appealed to GHANBATT to frequently support the Prison with medical stores, to enable them treat minor cases at the prison.