Wa, March 17, GNA - Mr Issahaku Nuhu Putiaha, the Wa Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), has donated assorted drugs valued at GH¢1,500.00 to help meet the health needs of inmates of the Wa Central Prisons.
The donation also includes 200 exercise books to enhance learning.
Mr Putiaha said the health of the inmates should be the primary concern of all, hence, the need to support the prison authorities to cater for their health needs.
Addressing officers and inmates of the prisons during the presentation on Thursday, Mr Putiaha said there was the need for people to change their attitudes towards prisoners.
He added that the prison was a place for transformation and not a place for condemnation, therefore, well-meaning individuals, groups civil society, Ministries, Departments and Agencies must endeavour to contribute their widow's might towards the welfare of the inmates.
He said the Municipal Assembly, in collaboration with the National Youth Authority, organised a free health screening in 2014 and 2015 for the inmates and that a similar programme would be held in April this year.
The MCE thanked the media for playing a vital role in the development of the municipality.
Assistant Director of Prisons (ADP) Mr Victor Douchebe, the Wa Central Prisons Commander, said the prison's sanitation had improved tremendously due to support from the Central Government, decentralised departments and individuals.
He commended the MCE for the donation and the media for exposing their challenges which attracted support for them.
ADP Douchebe said the prison's school project was about 95 per cent complete and appealed to the MCE to support them with furniture to enable the school to start.
The prison currently has a population of 233 inmates out of which 56 are on remand.
The MCE later donated learning materials comprising 53,179 note one exercise books, 827 pieces of graph books and 2,600 drama and short story books to the Wa Municipal Education Directorate.
The donation is to help improve the quality of learning among basic school children within the Municipality.
Hajia Fusata Hamidu, the Wa Municipal Education Director, said the directorate was constrained by logistics adding that the donation came at the right time.
She pledged that the learning materials would be put to good use to improve on education.