Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has reaffirmed the Ghanaian government’s commitment to eradicating leprosy in the country and providing care for those affected by the disease.
Speaking at the 2024 World Leprosy Day event at the Weija Leprosarium in Accra, the Vice President emphasized the need for care and love for cured lepers.
The government’s interventions in the past seven years include redevelopment projects at Weija Leprosarium, renovations at Ankaful Leprosarium and General Hospital, the establishment of a Laboratory for Leprosy and Skin Conditions at Wa, and the creation of a Leprosy Clinic at Kokofu. Additionally, through the District Assemblies Common Fund, the government has extended care and support to individuals affected by leprosy in various districts.
Vice President Bawumia cut the sod for the construction of a kitchen at the Weija Leprosarium and made a personal donation towards the project.
He urged everyone to deal with cured lepers with love and care, recognizing that their situation is an affliction that could happen to anyone.
“Let us all deal with cured lepers with love and care. Their situation is an affliction, which could have happened to any of us.”
World Leprosy Day is observed annually on the last Sunday of January to address efforts to eradicate leprosy and provide support to affected individuals.