TOPIC: SCRAP MEDICAL COST OF VIOLENT ABUSED CASES
Ghana is currently reeling and trending on the prevalent cases of domestic violence. 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 visible impaired victim prevents the assaulted from pursuing for justice .
Victims are required to pay at least an amount of 400 Cedis, excluding transportations 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. This unfortunate development is very common in Ghana.
THE POOR ARE MOSTLY ASSAULTED
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 patients rights to pursue for fairness.
Whilst the rights for the vulnerable is a cause closer to your heart, the Africa Eye, is by this letter appealing for the President’s focal and vocal action for the protection of the weak.
Also, we urge on other civil societies, diplomatic missions and related bodies to join hands for making a cost-free process for justice to prevail. Thank You
CC: HIS EXCELLENCY, NANA AKUFO ADDO
THE PRESIDENT OF GHANA
ACCRA Accra, 22ND March, 2021