They have not only lost their freedom, they are losing their health as well to skin infections and diabetes.

That is the fate of thousands of prisoners at Abuja’s Kuje prisons.

This came to light after a coalition of non -government organisations, NGOs raised alarm over the high rate of diabetes and skin infections among inmates of the prison.

The NGOs comprised Moole Charity Health Foundation, MCF, Health Beyond Barrier Initiative Group, HBBIG and Conflict Free Nation, CFN.

Dr Tolufase Tolulope who is the Vice President of HBBIG told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja that the inmates were suffering mostly fungal skin infections and diabetes.

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He attributed the skin infections and diabetes to poor hygiene.

“We recorded high numbers of fungal skin infection due to poor hygiene. Diabetes is also high among the inmates; some of the prisoners are hypertensive.

“There are some of them whose blood pressures are 170/100, what that means is hypertension, being in prison does not mean that you should not be healthy,” he said.

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