Female inmates at the Shimo la Tewa maximum prisons received health services from anti- drug lobby Reachout Centre Trust.
The inmates at Shimo la Tewa Women prison received HIV testing and counseling during the heath services camp offered by RCT.
RCT Executive director Taib Abdulrahman said the organisation opted for such services so that those behind bars can as well access universal health services.
“If we talk about universal health services then this is it, uniting with inmates in a bid to ensure they receive proper health check ups and services,” noted Mr. Taib.
The female inmates also received one on one counseling sessions offered by RCT female counsellors.
“Those with more private health complications had the chance to interact with our female counselors and received the required health services and referrals,” noted Mr. Taib.
The special health services to female inmates also included spiritual nourishment from the organisations female Muslim staff.
Taib said that such Islamic nourishment makes them meditate, reform and change for good.
[RCT Female staff in one on one session with female inmates at Shimo la Tewa prison. Photo/Tom Fondo].
“Considering that Muslims are in the holy month of Ramadan, it is critical to offer the inmates with religious and soul nourishment, they help them meditate and embrace reform and change,” added the anti- drug Czar.
On her part, RCT Programs manager Faizah Hamid said the organisation has been conducting health services and counseling sessions targeting female drug users and such monthly sessions have been extended to prisons.
She said by creating awareness to the female inmates about their health they will through the prisons administration seek relevant health assistance under the government universal health programs.
The female inmates expressed their appreciations to the organisation.
The activities culminated with an iftar dinner prepared by the anti- drug lobby RCT.