The Effia-Kwesiminstim office of the Social Welfare Department in the Western Region has allegedly rejected a hearing-impaired orphan rescued from the street by a Good Samaritan.
Maame Efua, the Good Samaritan, tells Nhyiraba Paa Kwesi Simpson, the host of Connect FM’s Omanbapa morning show, that she saw the disabled orphan lying on the streets helplessly after he was hit by a car in a hit-and-run accident.
“I saw the young boy on one of the busy roads, he had been hit by a vehicle and was lying helplessly,” she narrated.
“I assisted him and took him to the hospital. I had to put him on a truck because no driver wanted to help. We arrived at the hospital and he was treated. I paid all the bills but he cannot speak or walk so they decided to discharge him.
“However, he had nowhere to go. It looks as if his parents have abandoned him,” she indicated.
According to her, she decided to seek assistance from the Social Welfare Department but they rejected the boy with the excuse that they cannot provide shelter for him.
“Social welfare, a government intuition mandated to assist orphans as this helpless boy told me they cannot do anything about the predicament of this orphan who is hearing. Their boss is rather asking me to adopt the boy because she has no shelter for him,” she added.
According to her, the Social Welfare Department has dumped the orphan at an abandoned facility meant to keep mentally derailed adults in Takoradi.
“I have been informed that the young boy has been dumped at a facility used to keep mentally ill adults. I’m wondering how he will survive at the place,” she added.
When contacted, the Municipal Social Welfare director for Effia-Kwesimitsim, Florence Perry, declined to share any detailed information on the issue.
She, however, re-echoed that the young boy is mentally challenged and that her outfit is helpless.
By Eric Nana Gyetuah|Connect FM|3news.com|Ghana