Heavily pregnant Ghanaian migrant jailed in isolation in Israel for refusing medical test

Heavily pregnant Ghanaian migrant jailed in isolation in Israel for refusing medical test

- Josephine Kwabiwaa, a heavily pregnant Ghanaian woman has been held in isolation in an Israeli prison

- This follows the 32-year-old woman's refusal to take a required medical test for prisoners for fears that the test could affect her pregnancy

- Israeli Prison Service has also for the past two weeks attempted to jet off Kwabiwaa back to Ghana against her will

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A 32-year-old heavily pregnant Ghanaian woman has been held in solitude for over four months in an Israeli prison after she refused to be tested for tuberculosis.

Josephine Kwabiwaa notes that she is agitated by the thought of taking the medical tests which include x-ray and a requirement for all African prisoners over fears that the radiation could affect her pregnancy.

Although details of why she has been jailed are not readily known, an Israeli online portal, Haaretz.com, writes that the Israeli Prison Service has for the past two weeks attempted to jet off Josephine to Ghana against her will.

The Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI) which has been critical of the prison service for jailing her has also refused to put her on board a flight back to Ghana.

Her detention is in violation of the World Medical Association and United Nations directives on holding pregnant women in isolation which could severely hurt their physical and mental health and potentially harm the fetus.

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Heavily pregnant Ghanaian migrant jailed in isolation in Israel for refusing medical test

Jossephine Kwabiwaa: Photo credit: graphic.com.gh
Source: UGC

Haaretz.com also reports that Kwabiwaa's lawyer in an interview stated his client is highly depressed and cannot continue to tolerate her conditions.

''She also says that the prison service is demanding that she pay for examinations and supplements for pregnant women, like folic acid and iron,'' he was quoted by graphic online to have said.

Meanwhile, the Israel Prison Service says Kwabiwaa is being held separately because of her refusal to cooperate with prison procedures for entering a regular wing.

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The prison service however stated in the report that she had been given all required medical examinations during her detention, including monitoring of her pregnancy.

The prison service however stated in the report that she had been given all required medical examinations during her detention, including monitoring of her pregnancy.

''The detainee was not required to pay for the examinations, except for purchasing nutritional supplements and tests performed at a private clinic for foreign workers that are not part of services and medications provided by the HMOs.''

''The prison provided the detainee with clothes adjusted for her pregnancy. Furthermore, requests from the detainee regarding clothes or equipment did not reach the prison’s management; if such requests did arrive, it would have been possible to try and provide them. Holding her separately is the product of her refusal to cooperate with prison procedures for entering a regular wing,'' the service said.

In other stories, YEN.com.gh reported Ghanaian TV journalist and broadcaster, Gifty Anti, has shared some admirable images on social media ahead of her birthday on Thursday, January 23, 2020.

The prominent TV personality posted stunning photos of herself rocking in ripped jeans, silver medium long sleeve top and a cowboy hat ahead of her birthday.

The latest images also show the single mother of one flaunting her expensive motorcycle while indicating she had been a biker for years before she tied the knot with her husband, a colleague TV personality and Chief of Akwamu Adumasa Nana Ansah Kwao IV.

Gifty Anti hit a milestone in 2019 after a new title was conferred on her after she was awarded a Fellowship of the Boardroom Institute, FBI, by the Accra Business school.

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