Medical and Sanitation
Sometime prisoners do not receive the medical care that they need and that they are entitled to while incarcerated.
It is the government’s obligation to ensure prisoners health is taken care of, all the same due to financial problems and lack of proper coordination from all the concerned quarters, this area is inadequately attended.
Having noticed that, Fr. Grol’s Welfare Project took the initiative of supplying drugs to the prison dispensaries to supplement the little that is available.
During the prison visits, the Project takes time to educate both the inmates and the staff on cleanliness and sensitize them on general hygiene.
We encourage them to always be clean since that will go a long way in ensuring a healthy living and avoid outbreak of water borne diseases such as cholera and dysentery.
Most of the prisons are overcrowded and this poses a health risk to the inmates. We also noted that most stations are infested with bedbugs and lice. To help them fight these disastrous insects, we provide insecticides to the stations that have that problem.
The project also provides medical journals and magazines to the inmates and the staff to help them get adequate knowledge on medical grounds and help them improve the level of hygiene in the stations. In addition, we provide toothpaste, toothbrushes, and pairs of slippers, tissue papers and soaps.
To the women stations we provide medical facilities to the maternities. Besides, we provide, pants, sanitary towels, washing basins, soaps and detergents for bathing, washing and cleaning the floors in order to improve the level of hygiene. There are cases of women inmates who are imprisoned together with their children and others give birth while in prison. To these inmates we give some clothing, jelly and toys for the kids. Most of these items are donated by local institutions and well-wishers while we buy the rest.
During the visits we encounter inmates with disabilities in various stations.
To these inmates we provide wheelchairs and crutches to aid their movement. In the stations where inmates have eye problem, we assist by providing pairs of glasses upon prescription by an eye specialist.