Participants At A Sensitization Seminar Solicits Antenatal Care For Pregnant Inmates
Participants at a one day sensitization seminar on church prison collaboration,reformation and rehabilitation as well as re-integration into the society have called for ante natal care for pregnant women in the Nigerian prison.
On September 25th 2015,countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty,protect the planet as well as ensure prosperity for all as part of sustainable development agenda.
Under the SDG 3,maternal mortality reduction remains a priority,ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all ages is part of the agenda through 2030.
Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years
In a presentation on the plight of Women and Children in Prison,the monitoring and evaluation officer,Earthspring International Nigeria,Mrs Lydia Adinu said women and children in Nigeria Prisons was pathetic and called for provision of healthcare for pregnant women in prison.
.”Prisons and jails are required to offer prenatal care,women need care during and after delivery,good nutrition to be able to breastfeed the baby.”Adinu said.
The Arch Diocesan Prison Chaplain,Rev Father Victor Nyoroh said the seminar was organised to see how the society could partner the prison service.
“Today remains historic in the life of Nigerians because the Catholic Church is undertaking this “one-day sensitization seminar” in collaboration with Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) and Justice, Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) to frontally tackle the vexed issue of Reformation, Rehabilitation and Re-integration. “Rev Nyoroh said.
According to him “This is the first time that we are undertaking a project of this nature. “Following the dynamic explosion of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) about two (2) decades ago and its resultant “empowerment” and “dis-empowerment” and especially its targeting of the youth,”
The Arch Diocesan Prison Chaplain emphasised that seminar’s ultimate objective goes beyond the talk-shop to ensuring that errant no longer become victims of recidivism and were empowered to becoming dignified entrepreneurs
“As a sign-off to the theme of this seminar clearly states, this one day sensitization is expected to create and engender a plan of action for participants.”he added.
The Executive Director,CARITAS Nigeria,Mr Francis Alimigbe called for coordination and unified documentation of the intervention of the church in prisons across the country.
In a presentation tagged “JUSTICE, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE COMMISSION AND SOCIAL INTERVENTIONS”Coordinator of Justice, Development and Peace Mrs. Grace Osofodunrin pointed out that JDPC Abuja Archdiocese is involved in six broad Programs, namely: Human Rights, Good Governance, Peace Building and Conflict Resolution, Rural Development.
According to her’ The projects is premised on community ownership of structures that are created to provide service delivery at the community level. It is on this basis that JPC Abuja is involving community leaders, caregivers and other Stakeholders including Community Volunteers in all aspects of project implementation to ensure that even after the projects in those communities, the laid down structures should be in place to continue addressing challenges within the community.”