Prisons in Lagos have for a long time lacked essential drugs for ill inmates.

This has forced state authorities to seek assistance from NGOs and religious bodies.

The situation has become overwhelming because there are over 8,600 inmates in the five prisons in Lagos State.

But there is a reason to smile now.

The Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NIS) has received large consignment of drugs to cater for the health needs of its inmates.

The state Controller of Prisons, Tunde Ladipo, said this on Friday.

The five prison formations in Lagos State are Maximum, Medium, Female (all in Kirikiri), Ikoyi and Badagry.

He said that it is the first time the command is receiving such large consignment of medications from NIS headquarters in several years.

“I am highly elated because we have been having problems with drug supply in the time past.

“I am very surprised because this is the first time we will have this kind of consignment in many years.

“These are very expensive drugs that cover all kinds of ailments,” the prisons boss said.

He commended the Comptroller General of Prisons, Ja’ afaru Ahmed, for the procurement of drugs and improvement of inmates welfare.

“Lagos State have the largest supply because of our population, as you can see the drugs are many, so the doctors and nurses will have enough drugs to administer on inmates who are sick,” Ladipo said.

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