First Lady calls for an end to ostracization of elderly women

Mrs Lordina Mahama delivering a speech at HIV, breast and cervical cancer screening programme at Methodist Park Shama, Western region
Mrs Lordina Mahama delivering a speech at HIV, breast and cervical cancer screening programme at Methodist Park Shama, Western region

The First Lady, Nana Lordina Mahama, says in spite of intensive education, women in some parts of the country continue to be ostracised.

Expressing her worry, the First Lady said this is not in keeping with the tenets of the 1992 Constitution in which is enshrined the rights of all Ghanaians.
The First Lady’s sentiments come on the heels of new admissions of women to the Gambaga Witches Camp. She said this in a speech read on her behalf by the Northern Regional Minister,AlhajiLimunaMuniru, when her Foundation partnered with My Life Fair Organisation an NGO and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to conduct a health screening for women in the camp. She believes women in the Camp should not be neglected but must be cared for.

As at the end of last month, six more women have been sent by their relatives to the Gambaga witches camp accused of witchcraft. Though there are interventions by Presby Go Home Project to reintegrate these women, some communities are still adamant. This the First Lady said does not augur well for the women especially when the rights of these women are being violated. She said her foundation will continue to support inmates of the camp and the health screening is one of such moves. The women were screened for ailments such as malaria, diabetes and high blood pressure and arthritis.

The Project Coordinator, Presby Go Home Project, Sampson Laar expressed appreciation to the First lady and Partners for the gesture. He asked other partners to also come to the aid of the camp.

The Project Coordinator of my Life Fair Organisation, Justice Kanor Tetteh, said the screening is one of the several health programmes undertaken by the NGO. The medical coordinator of the Mobile Clinics services of the Tamale Teaching Hospital, Dr. Akiss Afoko said screening will be a continues exercise for women in the camp. He said those with peculiar cases are being referred to the Tamale teaching Hospital for proper attention.

The Women in the Camp were happy at the honour done them by the First lady, my Life Fair Organisation and Jesus Christ of the Later Day Saint in bringing healthcare to their doorstep.

Meanwhile, the accommodation and educational facilities for the inmates of the Gambaga witches camp and the Gambaga community will be ready for use by the end of this year. The project which is the brainchild of the First Lady is facilitated by the Lordina Foundation and GETFUND. When completed it will provide various vocational skills and also house inmates of the camp. This came to light during a media tour of the facility which is now at the roofing stage.

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