Inmates of the Tamale Prisons are passionately appealing for the construction of new toilet facilities in the Prison yard.
Over 300 inmates use only an eight- seater “KVIP –like” toilet facility .
"For a population calibrating between 258 and 328 from time to time. This means at any given time, only eight inmates can have access to toilet to free themselves during daytime hours of 0600 and 1730 hours". “For emergency situations, people free themselves into buckets in the cells during the night," the prisoners said in a statement.
The statement was delivered by the leader of the prisoners, Adam Bashiru during a ceremony to register the inmates free of charge onto the National Health Insurance Scheme by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in partnership with the National Health Insurance Authority.
Key among the catalogue of challenges contained in the statement are, access to legal aid, living with real madmen (Lunatics) in the cells, lack of water supply, poor sanitation and congestion.
While applauding the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur and her partners for helping them to get access to the NHIS card which will ultimately reflect in their easy access to healthcare with no or minimal cost to the Prison Service, Adam Bashiru appealed that more attention should be paid to their healthcare.
"Tamale Central Prison has a particular problem- there is no vehicle for emergency healthcare delivery especially when emergency strikes in the night. We plead that you help the Tamale Central Prison with a vehicle and drugs for its First Aid Centre for healthcare delivery enhancement"
“The vehicle is vehemently needed. Something must be done to end the remand prisoner's continuous dependence on the reluctant police service for healthcare," the prisoners said.
By Regina Asamoah