The Koforidua Prison’s water situation is growing worse due to broken-down machines and the inability of the Ghana Water company to constantly supply them with water.
The situation makes it difficult for inmates to get access to water for purposes of washing, bathing, drinking and cooking.
Although the Prisons currently have five tanks for water storage purposes, it was only one of them that was filled with water when a group of Journalists and the Water Resource Commission visited the Prison to assess water supply situation and sanitation.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency, Assistant Director of Prisons Benedict Bob-Dery, the Officer in Charge of the Koforidua Prisons said the Koforidua Township had also been bedevilled with water problem and it has become worse for the Prisoners.
He said the whole of last week there had not been any water supply from the GWC for the facility, which housed an average of 800 all-male inmates adding that the little water saved in the water tank had been exhausted except one.
Mr Bob-Dery said the Prisons, which was supposed to house 400 inmates house a double of the number, which means the inmates ought to bath thrice a day due to the excessive heat in the cells.
He said bathing three times a day had never been possible due to the inadequate supply of water, exposing the inmates to all kinds of skin diseases.
He said the two merchandise boreholes donated to the facility by some benevolent individuals broke down some two months ago, making water supply situation more unbearable for staff but mostly the inmates.
Mr Bob-Dery therefore called on generous organisations and individuals to come to the aid of the Koforidua Prisons of the Ghana Prisons Service to make the current water crises a thing of the past and to improve sanitation situation.
In an interview with some of the inmates, Mr Naphtali Agyemang, who had spent three years in the facility said the water situation was very terrible especially “being in this confinement without access to water to drink left alone to get some to wash your clothing or bath is very painful”.
He said while water formed 70 per cent of human body, “we hardly get access to water and sometimes it flows once a month,” adding that even when it flows, one had to be in a queue from morning to around 1400hours before getting half a bucket of water, which must be used for bathing, washing, and drinking.
We would be glad if the government, Non-Governmental Organisations and individuals would come to our aid so that they we can also get access to continuous flow of water,” he added.
Mr Winfred Dzatse, an inmate who had spent nine years in the facility described the situation as precarious and added that they could not walk out to get sachet water for use like anyone else due to the condition under which they found themselves.
He said it was time that the Government assisted the Prisons to with mechanised boreholes within the facility to avoid the regular disappointment from the GWC.