The Ghanaian Society of the Physically Handicapped (GSPD) has called on President Nana Akufo Addo to intervene in a dispute between the International Save our Souls Society (ISSOS) and Medicas Hospital.
According to them, this would allow them to recover the Kunta Kinte orthopedic hospital in Mampong.
Kunta Kinte Orthopedic Hospital, now Mampong Medicas Hospital, was originally built and jointly operated by GSPD and American philanthropist Mr. Bryan Lowe, as part of a registered NGO called ISSOS, to provide specific health services for people with disabilities in Ghana and beyond.
According to Mr. Daniel Agyekum, Eastern Regional Coordinator of GSPD, the hospital was a “full-fledged orthopedic facility, with a well-equipped workshop center that made and repaired stirrups and prostheses and corrective surgeries to relieve pain. the fate of their members in a subsidized cost ”.
Besides the health services it provided, the hospital also provided jobs for many of its members who worked in the workshop as shoemakers, stirrups and prosthetic operators, laundry and cooking, thus improving their skills. sources of income.
Addressing a press conference to insist on their demand to return the facility to its original status, he recalled that Mr. Bryan Lowe and Ms. Dorothy Lowe from the United States came to the Mampong area in in the late 1980s to cultivate, but somewhere along the line got involved in the activities of People Living with Disabilities (PWD) in the Region and promised to help them.
He said that in 1991, siblings Lowe and Mrs. Mercy Attuah Sakyi, a physically disabled person and leader of GSPD in the region formed ISSOS, as an NGO and officially registered it to take care disabled, elderly and less privileged people. people in Ghana.
Mr Agyekum said that to achieve their goals, ISSOS leaders under the leadership of Mr Bryan Lowe traveled the country and took photos and data of people with physical disabilities to use in a fundraising proposal for the United States to build an orthopedic hospital in Mampong adding that “all materials and equipment imported on behalf of ISSOS to build the hospital were donated to the NGO by its foreign partners and imports were duty free”.
However, he said their problems started when Mr Lowe, the head of the NGO, died in 2008, as he unknowingly had, to other members of the ISSOS, bequeathed the Orthopedic Hospital of Kunta Kinte to his son, Mr. Gregory Alexander, who later came to Ghana. and dismissed all physically disabled people working in the establishment and took it over.
The GSPD coordinator said all workshop centers producing the equipment needed to help people with physical disabilities, such as stirrups and fitness bikes, had been closed with the equipment left to rot.
He said several attempts to have the facility operated by a private investor hired by Mr Bryan Lowe’s son, under the name Medicas Hospital, had proved unsuccessful and therefore called on the president to use his good offices to ensure that the facility returns to its original status.
Madam Mercy Atua Sakyi, founding member of ISSOS who was present at the conference, said that she had worked as a cashier at the hospital from 2006 until 2013, when the son of the late Mr. Bryan Lowe took over. establishment and sent them back.
She revealed that through her efforts, the land on which the hospital was located was donated to ISSOS by the traditional rulers of Mampong and pointed out that the facility was not private property of Mr. Lowe for that it be bequeathed to his son.
According to her, if not for the support and hard work of the members of the GSPD of which she was the leader at the time, in rallying their members to get involved in the proposal to solicit funds, “Mr. Lowe and his sister would not have were able to acquire the land on their own, build the hospital and procure the equipment ”.
Documents ranging from land acquisition to fundraising and subsequent construction and importation of all construction materials and hospital equipment produced at the press conference are on behalf of ISSOS.