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700 inmates receive medical check-ups

Inmates at the Narok GK Prison received medical check-ups and sanitary donations, in an event organized by the county Gender Technical Working group, as the world commemorates International Day of Human Rights.

Narok GK Prison-In-Charge, Benson Lomeri, said the over 700 inmates received medical check-ups from medics drawn from Narok County Referral Hospital and Narok Cottage Hospital in Narok town.

“Among the diseases tested were high blood pressure, diabetes and HIV/Aids. They were also given deworming tablets,” said the Prison-In-Charge.

Lomeri said the inmates were taken through guidance and counselling sessions, where the professional counsellors took time with individual inmates to encourage them.

“Our clients who have issues that have been disturbing them have received mentorship. They had a rare time of sitting with the medics to ask any question of their choice,” he said.

The Officer-In-Charge said human dignity at the prison is key, as the wardens ensure that their clients’ rights, are well treated in line with the policy in place.

“We ensure that the inmates eat a balanced diet, live in a clean environment and that they are always clean, so that they too can feel part of the society,” said Lomeri.

Narok Central Assistant County Commissioner, Abdi Shakur Mohamed, said every human being is entitled to good life regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, birth, property or other status.

“We are glad we are here to celebrate this important day with you. From your presentation I have seen that most of you are talented and are building their career while in prison,” he said.

Narok County Director of Gender, Agnes Ngeno, said they choose to commemorate the day with prisoners in conclusion of the 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence as many inmates are culprits of defilement, rape or child marriage.

This year’s Human Rights Day theme is, ‘Promote safe and equal rights for all human beings regardless of their status in society.

By Ann Salaton

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