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Nsawam inmates denied health care over GHS800K debt

The Nsawam Government Hospital has withdrawn medical treatment to inmates of the Nsawam prison due to the indebtedness of the Ghana Prisons Service (GPS).

The situation has forced the prison to be transporting sick inmates to Accra for health care.

This came to light at Wednesday’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hearing in Parliament when authorities of the Prisons Service appeared before the committee to be scrutinised in connection with some overruns and misappropriation of funds captured in the Auditor General’s report for 2012.

It emerged that the Prisons Service owes the hospital over GHS80000, in addition to debts owed food contractors to the tune of over GHS4.5 million.

it was reported that the Prisons Service requested GHS62 million in 2012 but parliament approved GHS14 million and released GHS 10 million with the explanation that it was an election year.

GHS8million of the amount released was used for maintenance and other expenses. Acting Director General of the Prisons Service Emmanuel Ajator said government must endeavour to release funds to the Service on time to forestall challenges.

“The debt is as a result of inadequate budget provision. In 2013, we were able to make some payments, but the balance has increased up to date. Nsawam [Government Hospital] has even stopped treatment for inmates,” he stated.

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