By Maxwell Okamafo Asamani Addo
The wife of the Vice-President, Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur, has called on Ghanaians to show love to lepers by giving out to them this Christmas and beyond, and also advised that as a people we should learn to accept and integrate cured lepers into society, because the disease is curable.
The Second lady, made the call last Friday at the Christ the King Parish Hall, where she joined the Lepers Aid Committee, chaired by Very Rev. Fr Andrew Campbell, to celebrate a north of Musical and Choral Concert.
Rev. Fr Andrew Campbell, has been championing the cause of lepers in Ghana over the years.
She said, she had really enjoyed the sweet melodies from the various groups and was happy to be part of the programme.
Mrs Amissah-Arthur, is someone who believes that leprosy is not contagious, and that it was curable, hence the need to accept and integrate the treated patients into the society, because, according to her, society’s continued rejection for the healed lepers, had far reaching consequences on what was going on at the leprosarium.
Some few months ago, she joined the Lepers Aid Committee, chaired by Very Rev. Fr Andrew Campbell to mark World Leprosy Day with the inmates.
The day is observed internationally on the last Sunday of every January, to increase public awareness of the disease.
On her visit to them, She also took the opportunity to interact with some of them, shook hands with them and encouraged them. and presented some bags of rice, plastic buckets, bowls and some amount of money to help one of them who had to undergo surgery at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
The Night of Musical and Choral concert, is observed every December, so as to get people to donate to the Lepers fund and to increase public awareness of the disease
The crowd, enjoyed had a good time with sweet melodies of chorales.
The Lepers Aid Committee, alternatively implements series of activities to help sustain lepers, currently, according to Father Campbell, their focal distress is with the lepers in the Northern Region of Ghana, due to the pitiable state in which they find themselves.
The whole year round, their fund raising activities have been geared towards raising the standard of living for the cured and uncured lepers in the North.