A group of health personnel and a philanthropist in the Bawku West District of the Upper East Region have donated assorted items to inmates of the Bawku prison.

The items included used clothing, sandals, boxes of washing powder and bar soap, a bag each of maize and rice, boxes of biscuits and beverages.

Mr Charles Lwanga Moandiyiem Tabase, leader of the group, told the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Bawku that some nurses at the Zebilla District Hospital and benevolent donors within the Zebilla Township supported the initiative in diverse ways.

He said the move was to show love and to give hope to the inmates and urged them to see the prison environment as a correctional measure to improve on their character.

Mr Issah Mbawin Karim, a Senior Mental Health Nurse, at the Zebilla District Hospital, advised the inmates to desist from substance abuse under the impression that it would enable them forget about their problems.

“If you have a problem and take in excessive alcohol to put you to sleep so you can forget your problems, don’t forget that you will surely wake up and still face the problem,” he said.

He noted that conditions in the prison may not allow for proper ventilation, but entreated the inmates to try as much as possible to avoid overcrowding to prevent them from contacting Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM).

Madam Awulatu Abigail Apuryinga, a philanthropist, who told the GNA she derived satisfaction in giving, encouraged the inmates not to regard themselves as outcasts because their families back home still loved them.

Receiving the items, Superintendent Simon Kwao Abofra, the Second in Command of the Prison, expressed gratitude for the gesture, saying it would help meet the needs of the inmates.

He called on the public to emulate the kind gesture shown by the group and come to the aid of the inmates as government alone could not meet their needs.