As part of efforts to prevent the Coronavirus (COVID-19), from entering the prisons, Management of Crime Check Foundation (CCF), a Prisons NGO has presented items worth GH 9000 to Ghana Prisons Service.
The items include 50 boxes of Carbolic soaps, 20 boxes of sanitizers and 20 pieces of Veronica buckets.
This is to promote the washing of hands as directed by the World Health Organization and Ghana Health Service to prevent the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
Mr Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng, the Executive Director of CCF, said the donation is to support the Prisons Service in their fight against the coronavirus and the prevention of the pandemic in the prisons.
He said when prisoners and prison wardens get infected, it trickles down to other citizens, hence the need for government to pay attention to the Prisons.
"The fight against the virus is a collective responsibility," he said.
Mr Kwarteng, who is also the Ambassador Extraordinaire to Prisons, appealed to other civil society organizations, philanthropist, to come to the aid of the Services, because conditions in the prisons were bad.
"We call on all to join us support the prisons at this crucial time," the Executive Director said.
He expressed the hope that the donation would go a long away to help Prison officers and inmates to protect themselves against the coronavirus.
He also expressed gratitude to the Foundation's partners and donors for their continuous support to their activities.
Madam Josephine Fredua-Agyemang, the Deputy Director-General in Charge of Finance and Administration, said the donation was timely to support the prisons.
She said the prison situation was serious of its congestion nature, adding that "We have 46 Prisons complex, over 15,000 inmates and 8,000 officers to man these inmates."
She said the situation was difficult because the Service does not have adequate resources to manage the situation at hand.
She appealed to the public to come to the aid of the Service by donating issues like infrared thermometers, Vitamin C supplements and other protective items.
The Deputy Director-General commended the donors and partners of CCF for their support.