The Tema Greenish Lions Club with support from other Lions Clubs across Ghana has donated PPE and toiletries to three institutions a Akuse in Lower Manya District of the Eastern Region of Ghana.
The beneficiary institutions, the Akuse Local Prison, the Government Hospital and Akuse District Police Command received items such as hand sanitisers, nose masks, tissue papers, liquid soap, water and detergents.
The Club extended the same gesture by distributing nose masks and hand rubs to the Akuse and Asituare communities.
The President of the Accra Golden Lions Club, Lion Francisca Thompson explaining the rationale behind the gesture said, their needs assessment team through its work settled on the the above institutions due to their urgent need of the items.
According to her, Ghana is at a critical point especially when education on the coronavirus pandemic is toning down, saying this is the time the disease spreads faster, hence the donation.
Lion Thompson sought the occasion to advise Ghanaians not to let their guards down as far as the malaise is concerned, but must continually observe the safety protocols to the latter in order to help eradicate the disease at last.
The Acting Public Relations Officer of the Akuse Prison, ASP Isaac Nedjoh, who received the items on behalf of the prison said, though they have received PPE from other corporate entities and the government since the advent of the coronavirus, the period of the disease’s stay has prolonged beyond envisaged and so they need more PPE to prevent outbreak of the deadly disease at the prison.
He was however satisfied at the range of items the Lions Club has presented to the institution and expressed appreciation.
Mr. Nedjoh however seized the occasion to appeal for help to expand the prison and also equip the infirmary.
Built in 1911 with original capacity of 50 purposely for safe custody, provision of basic needs for inmates and most for all, for reformation, the Akuse Local Prison now accommodates about 200 inmates.
Apart from the overcrowding which has health implications on occupants, the current state of their infirmary is a recipe for the outbreak of contagious diseases, exposing both the inmates and officers to health dangers.
It currently has a cubicle infirmary with only two beds, no air conditioner, poor ventilation and no fridge to store drugs without any consulting room.
The PRO said it always difficult whenever three or more inmates fall sick since they have oy two beds, a situation which to home compromises the health of both inmates, the health personnel as well as the officers.
The undeserving condition at the Akuse Local Prison is a characteristic of several other prisons in Ghana, making the place more of a punishment ground instead of a correctional home or reformation centre. The phenomenon according to experts contributes significantly to the surge in sophistication of crime in the contemporary society.
By: Edward Tetteh