A medical team from the Ghana Independent Infantry Company (GHANCOY1) of the Ghana Armed Forces, serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), have undertaken a medical screening exercise for inmates of the Lion Division Main Prison (Loki Prison) Wunyik.
The health screening which happened on Monday 14 January 2019 at the 3rd Division Headquarters of the South Sudan People’s Defence Force (SSPDF) at Wunyik, forms part of the Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) agenda of GHANCOY1.
The exercise was led by Captain (Capt) Bennet Danquah, the Medical Officer of the company, to diagnose the medical conditions of inmates of the military detention facility, as well as provide medication for the treatment of the diseases diagnosed.
The exercise was conducted in consultation with UNMISS Aweil Human Rights cell headed by Mrs Eki Gbinigie and was also to ascertain the living condition of inmates in the Loki prison, in relation to the United Nations Human Rights standards of incarceration.
All 29 inmates of the prison facility were screened and treated of various health conditions as well as some wardens.
The Chief of Operations at the 3rd Division Headquarters, Colonel (Col) Akit Yai Rane expressed gratitude to the medical team and the UN in general for the kind gesture and encouraged a peaceful co-existence between the SSPDF and UNMISS to the attainment of lasting peace in South Sudan.
Speaking through the GHANCOY 1 Press and Information Officer (PIO), Capt Maxwell Michael Asola-Fadola to this reporter, he said the action is necessary if GHANCOY1 is to chalk successes in accomplishing her mission in UNMISS by winning the hearts and minds of the civilian populace in Aweil State and South Sudan at large.
Capt Asola-Fadola further said that the Commander, Lieutenant-Colonel (Lt-Col) Felix Mautsueni, therefore intends to carry out more CIMIC activities throughout the tour of duty.
By Kofi Ampeah-Woode