Scrap medical cost on violent abused cases - Yahaya Alhassan

KADE.jpeg Kande Firdaus Iddrisu after medical treatment

Sat, 20 May 2023 Source: Africa-World Relations, Contributor

The founder of Humanity Magazine, Yahaya Alhassan, has appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to scrap the medical cost on violent abused cases.

Speaking at a press briefing in Accra, the founder said Ghana is currently reeling and trending on the prevalent cases of domestic violence.

He further said the pain and financial difficulties of paying for the cost of medical diagnosis at a public hospital, charged by a public medical officer before issuing a report for a visibly impaired victim prevents the assaulted from pursuing justice.

"Victims are required to pay at least an amount of 400 Cedis, excluding transportation, to have their medical forms signed as a step for Ghana police to arrest the culprit. The inability to incur such a ridiculous cost at distress time, forced victims to leave their agony to God, and this unfortunate development is very common in Ghana," he said.

"It's worth noting that in our communities, those beaten or assaulted are mostly from poor background, hence, defenseless and helpless; and therefore, to require such a traumatized person to cough such an amount, it’s clear denial of the patient’s rights to pursue for fairness", he stressed.

Mr. Alhassan said the group believes the rights of the vulnerable is a cause closer to the heart of the President, and therefore, appealed to President Akufo-Addo's focal and vocal action for the protection of the weak.

He also urged other civil societies, diplomatic missions, and stakeholders to join hands for making a cost-free process for justice to prevail.

In a related development, the Humanity organization together with Madinatu Latokpa and Rafiatu Latokpa assisted for the medical cost of 16year old Kande Firdaus Iddrisu with her 6month old who was assaulted by Baba Alhaji at Mamobi in Accra.

Mr. Alhassan said the medical cost and arrangement for his arrest at Nima Police division would have been difficult if not for the assistance of the organization, despite the glaring injuries of the victim.

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Source: Africa-World Relations, Contributor
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