An extremely malnourished child whose plight was shared on social media by some concerned citizens has received support from some public spirited individuals and is currently on admission at the Princess Marie Louis Hospital, otherwise known as the Children’s Hospital in Accra.
Naa Adaku Addo Golda who published the plight of the child on her Facebook page a couple of weeks ago, mentioned one Joseph Danquah, a dietitian as the one who brought the plight of the child to her attention.
Giving an update on the assistance received so far, she said ‘’ the 1st child is in severe malnutrition and being cared for at the Princess Marie Louis Hospital. We sent ghs1140 to the hospital for his treatment and care. Joseph has committed to checking on him and his care till he is better. The 2nd child is in the care of Mrs. Pearl Selormey a nutritionist at post in Ahafo. Child is a year and a few months old and weighing about 5 kilos. She has received ghs1120 for treatment and care and we will visit them in a few weeks’’.
She also made a strong case for health officials and professionals to bring up such issues to be addressed rather than cover them up and intimate subordinates who threaten to expose the real situation on the ground with regards to poverty and nutrition.
‘’Thank you all for all your care and support. Malnutrition is real. The cases on the ground will shock you and make you think you are in another country. But they are right here in Ghana. It is not something our state health authorities should be covering up and intimidating their workers about when the workers ask for help. We are all citizens. We must help when and where we can and politics must be put side totally if we are to develop into the kind of country we NEED’’.
Meanwhile health authorities in the Eastern Region have asked Naa Adaku Addo Golda and Joseph Danquah to back off from another severe case of a malnourished child in the region, whom they were tying to get assistance for.
It is unclear the reasons for the directive by the Health Authorities.