The Ghana News Agency has reported that 80) per cent of inmates at the Nsawam Medium Security Prison have been registered with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).
This is to enable them get access to quality healthcare.
That is not all, an additional 40 medical practitioners have been seconded from the Ghana Health Service and deployed to the various prison establishments across the country to take care of the health needs of inmates.
The Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia announced this at the Officer Cadet Course In-take 26 of the Ghana Prisons Service.
It was held at the Ghana Prisons Training School in Accra, on Friday.
In all, 140 officer cadets drawn from a variety of professional backgrounds including Agriculture, Medicine, Psychology, Nursing, Law and Accounting were commissioned as senior officers into the Ghana Prisons Service.
Vice President Bawumia urged them to serve as good stewards and impart meaningful vocational skills to the inmates so that they could integrate well into the larger society after serving their terms of imprisonment.
He encouraged the Prison Administration to work in partnership with the private sector to come up with innovative programmes that can generate extra revenues to supplement the government’s funding.
Dr Bawumia assured of them of government’s commitment to resource the Service to perform its constitutional mandate effectively.