The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has celebrated his 59th birthday by hosting cured lepers from the Weija Leprosarium at his residence in Accra.
While welcoming guests to the brief but colourful ceremony, he noted that it has become a symbolic annual affair to celebrate his birthday with persons with physical disabilities at the Weija Leprosarium, a demonstration of the need for social acceptance.
Dr. Bawumia, who is the Patron of Lepers Aid Ghana, said these individuals come from various backgrounds and are quite talented, and used the event to urge Ghanaians to embrace and welcome all lepers who have been cured.
He observed that they do not pose any danger to people, and could be touched and hugged, encouraging that they should be given equal treatment and affection by society.
The brief ceremony was well-attended by close family members, friends, staff as well as some Ministers of State.
The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, as well as the Works and Housing Minister, Asenso Boakye, on behalf of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) and Ministers, offered goodwill messages to the Vice President.