By Maxwell Okamafo Addo
The Wife of the Vice-President, Mrs. Matilda Amissah Arthur, has stated that her passion for social work, her commitment in promoting the rights of children in the country, was motivated by the job of her father as the Director of Social Welfare.
According to her, her love for the less privileged and vulnerable in society, was ignited by her father, who was one time Director of Social Welfare and very instrumental in the setting up of the Osu children’s home and the Borstal Institute for juvenile delinquents in the country.
The Second Lady, made this statement when she donated assorted items to the New Abriem District hospital and the Presby Basic School in Akyem Ntronang in the Birim North in the Eastern Region as part of her contributions to help the less privileged in society.
Mrs. Matilda Amissah Arthur, said as a result of this throughout her upbringing, she has always been motivated to be care giver to children, orphans and the less privileged in society.
So, ‘’it has become my passion, to champion and help reduce the increasing deterioration of child welfare wherever I find myself”.
Bemoaning the high incidence of child participation in economic activities and the incidences of street children in Ghana, she said she has always wanted to give a helping hand to the needy and sick children.
The Second lady, further stated that coupled with her profession as a librarian over the years , she has worked with children and has made constant effort at seeing to it that children, not only enroll, but also read and complete school .
At the New Abriem District hospital, the wife of the Vice-President, who was conducted round the hospital by the Medical Director of the hospital, interacted with some of the children on admission and gave them school bags, pencils, books, toys, and wished the inmates a speedy recovery.
She also presented assorted fruits, to the medical director of the hospital, Adding that the donation is in line with her commitment to improve healthcare delivery for the children across the country and also commended the hospital and staff for their dedication to provide healthcare to the people.
She said has been an advocate for managing childhood illnesses and encouraged the doctors, nurses and the other staff to do more to ensure quality healthcare for children.
The wife of the Veep, said her it was her aim to see that children are treated with care, because they are of topmost priority to their parents.
“Children are the future leaders and I am someone who believes in growing with the young generation in the area of health care delivery,” she said.
Later, in the day she presented library books and ten set of lap top computers each to the Presby Basic School at Ntronang in the Birim North District of the eastern region.
She took the opportunity to congratulate the children, because statistics available to her indicated that they have been performing very well, hence the need for her to encourage them, so that they continue to excel in their academic performance.
Donating the books and computers, Mrs. Matilda Amissah Arthur, called on the teachers and pupils to make good use of the books by reading.
She said the computers and books, were for the kids and not for the teachers, calling on the authorities to put them in the computer laboratories for the student to make maximum use of it.
She was led by the Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Mavis Ama Frimpong , Birim North District Chief Executive(DCE), Mr Paul Aboagye Dadzie.
She also called on the chief of Abirem, Nana AmohKyeretwie I, at his palace to pay homage.