Bawumia celebrates 58th birthday with cured lepers

Dr Bawumia in a hearty pose with a cured leper
 Dr Bawumia in a hearty pose with a cured leper

Bawumia, accompanied by his wife, Samira started his day by visiting the Weija Leprosarium to interact and share his joy on the special day with the cured lepers.

The Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, on Thursday (7 October) marked his 58th birthday anniversary by having breakfast with cured lepers in the capital, Accra.

Bawumia, accompanied by his wife, Samira started his day by visiting the Weija Leprosarium to interact and share his joy on the special day with the cured lepers, majority of whom have been abandoned by their families.

Dr Bawumia, who is the Life Patron of Lepers Aid Ghana, has often shared fond moments with cured lepers in the country on special occasions, including festive seasons.

Speaking at the breakfast with the lepers, Dr Bawumia said: “It is really an honour and a privilege to be here today on the occasion of my 58th birthday.”

Dr Bawumia was joined by others to cut the birthday cake
Dr Bawumia was joined by others to cut the birthday cake

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.

Dr Bawumia at the Leprosarium
Dr Bawumia at the Leprosarium

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.

Asare Solomon Aristocrat
Asare Solomon Aristocrat

I’m Solomon, the CEO of Voix Of Ghana Media ( VOG MEDIA, and Aristocrat Charity Foundation ( ACF). Aside blogging, I am also a Forester, Philanthropist, a Publicist, and a Promoter.

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