Vice President of Ghana, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has constructed and furnished a 2-bedroom house which has been presented as a gift to a woman suffering from leprosy.
The Vice President decided to save her from her predicament after spotting her living in a mud house on her own, abandoned by all.
The 82-year-old lady was a leper who’s been cured but is still suffering societal neglect.
A Joy News documentary highlighted her plight and the Veep built the house and presented it to her in response.
First lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo shared some photos from the presentation with a caption praising Bawumia.
The first lady wrote: “In yet another example of his love for humanity the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has built, furnished and formally handed over a two-bedroom house to an 82 year old cured leper who had been abandoned by her family at Motori in the Wa West District of the Upper West Region.
Dr Bawumia’s humanitarian gesture was inspired by a Joy News documentary which depicted the sorry plight of Daari Pogo, who was forced to live in a dilapidated 5 meters by 6 meter mud hut with her grand daughter Adjara after her abandonment.
Touched by her appalling circumstances, Dr Bawumia immediately mobilised resources and within six weeks, built and furnished a two bedroom house for Madam Pogo.
At a brief ceremony to formally hand over the building on Tuesday 8th September, 2020 Vice President Bawumia said the smiles on the faces of Daari Pogo and her grand daughter Adjara was enough to gladden anyone’s heart.
“Today is a happy day, not just for me, but more especially my mother here Daari Pogo and our child Adjara. I am so so happy.
“As you know, I am a Patron of the Lepers Aid Society, which helps to rehabilitate cured lepers. When I saw the Joy News report by Seth Kwame Boateng I was deeply touched, and immediately reached out to help.
“It appears as if she has been abandoned by her family due to her unfortunate affliction. But that is not how we should treat each other; we should be each other’s keeper.
“Today I am here to formally hand over this house to madam Pogo, and assure her that we will continue to make sure she is well looked after. That is how we should treat each other. No one should be forced to live the way she was living.”
Vice President Bawumia urged society to welcome and integrate cured lepers into their midst, as they no longer carried the disease.
“We should not shun cured lepers. Science has clearly shown that they cannot pass the disease on. Let us welcome them, make them part of our every day lives and more importantly, show them love after contracting a disease through no fault of theirs.”
Below are some photos from the presentation…