Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia turned 58 today, and he decided to spend his special day with cured lepers in Accra.
The Vice President, who is the life patron of Lepers Aid Ghana, together with his wife, Samira, started went to the Weija Leprosarium on Thursday to celebrate his birthday with cured lepers, majority of whom have been abandoned by their families.
Sharing adorable photos of him and his wife hanging out with the cured lepers on social media, Bawumia wrote:
“It was a great honour and privilege to have marked my 58th birthday anniversary by having breakfast with my cured leper friends at the Weija leprosarium.
I thank God for this new age.”
Speaking at his birthday celebration, the vice president appealed to Ghanaians to embrace lepers while reiterating government’s commitment to the welfare of lepers in the country.
“During the Covid pandemic, President [Nana Addo Dankwa] Akufo-Addo insisted that all of you should be given the vaccine, and as you can attest, you have received them,” he said.
The vice president’s love for lepers is well documented. Last year, he built, furnished and formally handed over a two-bedroom house to an 82 year old cured leper who had been abandoned by her family at Motori in the Wa West District of the Upper West Region.
Dr Bawumia’s humanitarian gesture was inspired by a Joy News documentary which depicted the heartbreaking plight of Daari Pogo, who was forced to live in a dilapidated 5 meters by 6 meter mud hut with her grand daughter Adjara after her abandonment.
See photos from Bawumia’s 58th birthday celebration with cured lepers below..