Government on Tuesday commended the efforts made by civil society organisations that deal with prison health in ensuring that inmates get adequate health services.
By HealthTimes Reporter
Officiating the Regional Prisons Conference on behalf of Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi, Secretary For Justice, Legal And Parliamentary Affairs Virginia Mabhiza hailed these organisations for their support in Zimbabwe’s prisons. These organisations bring in foodstuff, sanitary wear to mention but the few to improve the living conditions of inmates.
“It is therefore pleasing to note that the plight of inmates living with HIV and AIDS continues to receive attention courtesy of our partners from the civil organisations we have from time to time that continue to channel resources addressing such issues and continue to advocate for the welfare of incarcerated persons,” the minister said.
The conference two day conference which ended today looked into the promotion of quality healthcare in prisons.
“On a related note Im also pleased to state that this conference is among other objectives advocating for improved adolescent youth sexual reproductive health and rights services to prison populations in particular, juvenile offenders, youths and women.
“Also is also meant to increase uptake on the implementation on the Sadc minimum standards on prevention, treatment and care and support on HIV and AIDS, Hepatitis B and C, sexually transmitted infections,” added the minister.
The conference comes at a time when there is growing concern over the treatment of prison inmates in Zimbabwe with ex-convicts complaining that they received a slavery kind of treatment instead of correctional.
“Coming to the events of this conference, Im informed that the main goal is to call for people and partners to pull more resources and collaborate with prisons and correctional services in the southern African region with the view to promote quality healthcare as well as adhering to in implementing the Mandela rules on the treatment and care for inmates,” Minister Ziyambi said.