The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia who went to the aid of a 80 year old leper who was not having anything and sleeping in a mud house with her grand daughter has finally given them something to live on and built them a two bedroom house. The Veep has officially handed over the two-bedroom apartment to a cured octogenarian leper, Daari Poga.
This comes after a JoyNews Hotline documentary, ‘Withered Skins’ by Seth Kwame Boateng revealed that Madam Poga was left destitute by leprosy, having nothing to live on with her grand daughter.
She was afflicted by leprosy at a young age and has since lost all her 10 fingers and eight toes to the disease some years back.
Living on the outskirt of Gurungu in the Upper West region, Madam Poga was forced to live in dilapidated five meters by six meter mud hut with her granddaughter Adjara after losing four of her 10 children and being abandoned by the rest of them.
In less than 24 hours after her story was aired on all JoyNews’ platforms, the Vice President came to her rescue by donating some food supplies, assorted items and toiletries among others.
Touched by her circumstances, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia promised to build Madam Poga a decent home and in six weeks he has constructed and fully furnished two-bedroom house for her.
Addressing the media at a brief ceremony to formally hand over the building on Tuesday, the Vice President said the smiles on the faces of Madam Poga and her granddaughter 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 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.