Businessman donates to Weija Leprosarium

A renowned Accra-based business tycoon, Mr Eric Ansong, popularly known as Japan Borgar, has donated clothes and other assorted items to the Weija Leprosarium in the Ga West Municipality of the Greater Accra.

The donation, Today gathered, was part of efforts to heed to calls from the Chairman of the Lepers Aid Committee, Rev Father Andrew Campbell, on individuals and organisations, to come to the aid of the inmates of the home.

The home, according to Rev Campbell, was saddled with inadequate infrastructure, lack of social amenities, inadequate funding and families of the inmates deserting them over the years since affected families considered the cured lepers unclean.

It was along this line that Mr Japan Borgar donated assorted items to the Leprosarium as part of his 50th birthday celebration.

This was the seventh year in a role that the Japan Borgar has donated such items to the Leprosarium. 

The items, worth about GH¢10,000, included 40 pieces of clothes, bags of sugar, bags of sachet water, toilet rolls, cartons of bottled water, cooking oil, cartons of milo, cartons of milk, assorted drinks and cartons of canned fish among others. 

The rest were boxes of biscuits, bags of rice, and cartons of soap. 

Mr Ansong, who deals in building materials at Kantamanto in Accra, said the inmates of the Leprosarium were human beings, just as any other individuals in the country, and, therefore needed to be treated and cared for as such. 

He explained that it was no fault of theirs that they had that condition, and urged other businessmen and women in the country to contribute their quotas to the home.

For his part, the Health Care Assistant, Madam Victoria Seka, who received the items on behalf of the home, said stigmatisation was their main problem, and urged the general public to show love to people in the Leprosarium.

She expressed gratitude to Mr Ansong for the support given to the less-privileged in the society.

The Prince of Peace Congregation of Women’s Fellowship of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana at Kaneshie Zongo Junction branch in Accra also expressed their appreciation to Mr Ansong for his kind gesture.

Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU

Writer’s email: freeman.koryekpor@todaygh.com

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