By Lewis Verdier In Harper, M’land Co.
A man convicted of murder has reportedly died of tuberculosis after months of illness while serving a five-year jail sentence. Our Correspondent in Maryland County said Jefferson Nyanfore, 39, was recently diagnosed with T.B and placed on bail to be admitted at the J.J. Dossen Hospital in Harper but died in prison.
The prison superintendent, Chrispin T.Doe told our correspondent that they were afraid of the deteriorating health condition in the county which might escalate if permanent medical personnel are not assigned at the Harper Central Prison. Mr. Doe said that the medical situation needs to be improved with at least a clinic created in the prison yard instead of health workers entering the compound at will.
According to him, there are 66 inmates who are being fed one time a day with rice, a meal system which Chrispin Doe said must be improved at least twice a day. He said prison cells are not only locked a day; inmates need some vocational skills so that they can be good citizens after serving their sentences.
He said there is no recreational facility in the compound thereby causing idleness for inmates and the prison does not have electricity.