Gambia Ports Authority on Wednesday donated 14 different medications worth
D37,350 to Mile II Prison Clinic.
This gesture is a response to a letter that was received from Prison Department requesting for assistance for the Prison Clinic. The medications were provided as part of the authority’s social corporate responsibility and to complement government’s efforts.
At the handing over ceremony, Alhagie Lamin Sanneh, director of Prisons’ Administration, said inmates of Gambia Prisons are vulnerable people in custody that cannot move in and out for certain medications because their movement is limited.
To address the issue of Prison reforms, Sanneh added demands systematic reflection of what they should do as an institution or as a government.
He went on to emphasis the issue of collaborative effort, noting that it cannot be done in isolation or by individuals only.
Health, education and other opportunities, according to him, should be prioritised for better improvements.
He described the Prison as a school in isolation that needs a lot of collaboration and support, saying the remand wing is a place that is overcrowded and could cause infections and other communicable diseases.
As officers, he said, their concern is to ensure that they care for the health and education of inmates to promote their well being
He thus thanked GPA for their kind gesture and assured them that the medicines would be put to best use.
Public Relations Officer of GPA Momodou L. Sanyang, said it is an honour for GPA to respect the request of Prison.
He reminded that the Prison is not a place they can ignore, that is why the management deemed it necessary to honour their request in order to contribute to their wellbeing and to further contribute to national development.
Lamin Sanyang, head of Medical Clinic, GPA, said that the drugs were bought from the list that was sent from the clinic, adding that some of the drugs provided are deep heat cream, tabs multivitamins, tabs aspirin 75mg, capsules omeprazole among others.