Inmates at the Sunyani Central Prisons are said to be battling with bed bugs infestation in their various cells.
Reports reaching The Ghanaian Times indicate that the inmates were regularly taken ill from bites from the insects and the victims had to be rush to hospital.
The Deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Commander of the Prisons Service Superintendent Ernest Akotua who confirmed the story to the Times, said that despite occasional fumigation of the cell, the blood sucking insects, always bounced back, putting the lives of the prisoners at risk.
Compounding the situation, he noted was the fact that the Sunyani Central Prisons had only two vehicles, which were in bad condition, making it difficult at times to transport inmates who took ill to the hospital.
Supt. Akotua said lack of drugs for First-Aid Treatment of inmates was another challenge confronting the Service.
He complained about the poor quality of food being served to the prisoners, and appealed to the government to consider increasing the feeding fee of prisoners in the country.
Supt. Akotua said there was congestion at the prisons, indicating that instead of 400 inmates, the facility was currently accommodating 878 inmates, and appealed to the general public to help address the problem.
From Daniel Dzirasah, Sunyani