Bawumia celebrates 58th birthday with cured lepers
He added that sharing moments with the lepers, especially on his birthday “gives me so much joy because lepers have been ostracised by society.”
Appeal to society
The Vice-President appealed to society to embrace the lepers because there is nothing wrong with interacting with cured lepers.
Dr Bawumia reiterated the government’s commitment to the welfare of lepers, disclosing that government has been building and extending facilities for lepers at leprosariums in the country.
“During the COVID pandemic, President Akufo-Addo insisted that all of you should be given the vaccine, and as you can attest, you have received them,” he added.
The head of the Weija Leprosarium, Father Andrews ‘Nii Lantey’ Campbell, commended Dr Bawumia for choosing to spend his birthday with lepers, as well as his immense contributions to their welfare over the years.
“We are happy and blessed that you have chosen to spend your birthday with us. You have taken a great interest in lepers, not just here in Weija but across other places in the country. We are so grateful for what you have been doing for us over the years,” he said.
He added: “We are also grateful to your government for what you have done at the leprosarium by giving us facilities such as a dormitory block, clinic, a research centre, which is the first of its kind in West Africa.”
Dr Bawumia and the Second Lady were joined by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey to serve meals to the cured lepers.
He also donated a number of items, including bags of rice, assorted drinks, a bull and GHC 10,000 cash to help in the running of the Leprosarium.