4 January 2013

Ghana: Dzifa Ativor Gives Hope to Cured Lepers On New Year Day

The Deputy Minister for Transport, Mrs. Dzifa Ativor, has assured cured lepers at their village in Ho that the government had taken special notice of the challenges confronting them, and was putting in place measures to help address their needs and make life more comfortable for them.

Mrs. Ativor, who has adopted the Cured Lepers Village in Ho for the past four years, has personally been providing food items, health needs and other social amenities, by using her own resources, at ensuring that the cured lepers, who have over the years suffered stigmatisation as a result of their condition, also live normal lives.

The Deputy Transport Minister, who has been nicknamed "Mother of Love," as usual provided rice, chicken and soft drinks for the sixty inmates and their children, and was happily seen serving them and later presenting food items to be prepared for the cured lepers.

The items included rice, beans, gari, cooking oil, canned-fish, soap and other detergents, which was at a total cost of GH¢9,000, and promised not to forget about the cured lepers, because they needed to be supported at all times, to enable them to equally live happy lives just like any other persons.

Mrs. Ativor, who is also a development Queenmother of the Abutia traditional area, reaffirmed her commitment to supporting the less-privileged in society like the cured lepers, said she regarded the support to the cured lepers as her religious and social responsibility to the needy.

She promised the inmates that the training center provided by Father Cambell, which is not being used, would be put to use in the next six months, and stressed that efforts would be made by the government to ensure that the cured lepers would benefit from the LESDEP.

Mr. Ativor said the government, as part of efforts to ensure that the cured lepers lived improved lives, would increase the feeding fee to an appreciable level.

The Deputy Transport Minister, on behalf of the Local Government Minister, presented a 23-seater bus to the inmates, which was in fulfillment of a promise the Local Government Minister, Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, made to the cured lepers when he visited the village last year to aid their movement.

Receiving the items on behalf of the inmates, the medical doctor in charge of the Ho Polyclinic, Dr. Eyram Kporku, commended Mrs. Ativor for her continuous assistance to the inmates.

He further noted that as an individual, the cured lepers had appreciated her love for them, and assured the Deputy Transport Minister that the items would be put to good use.

In a speech delivered on behalf of the Ho Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Isaac Kodobisah, he promised that the Assembly would play its role in improving the living conditions of the cured lepers, and announced that a fence wall round the village would be provided to improve on security.

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