By Bridget Ikyado
Makurdi – The Makurdi-based First Fertility Hospital on Friday donated drugs and other items to the Benue Medium Security Prisons to tackle diseases ravaging inmates.
The Managing Director of the hospital, Dr Stephen Hwande, who donated the items, valued at over N500, 000 said the gesture was to mark the second anniversary of the hospital.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the donated materials also included toiletries, provisions, foot wears, among others.
According to Hwande the drugs are primarily for malaria, typhoid and other tropical diseases.
The medical practitioner said the hospital would continue to undertake activities that would lift the human condition.
“Prison inmates need care because prison is a correction centre. Giving care to prison inmates is part of our initiative of giving back to society.
“Our journey in the past two years has been so fruitful. We have been putting smiles on the faces of people, especially couples looking for kids,’’ he stated.
The Matron of the prisons hospital, Mrs Juliana Idoko, who received the items on behalf of the deputy comptroller of prisons, thanked Hwande and his team for the donation.
She described health challenges as part of the major problems facing prisons nationwide.
The medical worker said that the Benue Prisons was built to house 200 prisoners but that it now housed 800 inmates.
Idoko pleaded with public-spirited individuals and corporate bodies to give assistance to prisoners to give them sense of belonging.