Dr. Bawumia's humanitarian gesture was inspired by a Joy News documentary that depicted the sorry plight of Daari Pogo, who was forced to live in a dilapidated 5 meters by 6-meter mud hut with her granddaughter Adjara after her abandonment.

Touched by her appalling circumstances, Dr. Bawumia immediately mobilised resources and within six weeks, built and furnished a two-bedroom house for madam Pogo.

Bawumia hands over house to 82-year-old abandoned cured leper
Bawumia hands over house to 82-year-old abandoned cured leper

At a brief ceremony to formally hand over the building on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, Vice President Bawumia said the smiles on the faces of Daari Pogo and her granddaughter Adjara was enough to gladden anyone's heart.

"Today is a happy day, not just for me, but more especially my mother here Daari Pogo, and our child Adjara. I am so so happy.

"As you know, I am a Patron of the Lepers Aid Society, which helps to rehabilitate cured lepers. When I saw the Joy News report by Seth Kwame Boateng I was deeply touched, and immediately reached out to help.

"It appears as if she has been abandoned by her family due to her unfortunate affliction. But that is not how we should treat each other; we should be each other's keeper.

The new building sponsored by Dr. Bawumia
The new building sponsored by Dr. Bawumia

"Today I am here to formally hand over this house to madam Pogo, and assure her that we will continue to make sure she is well looked after. That is how we should treat each other. No one should be forced to live the way she was living."

Vice President Bawumia urged society to welcome and integrate cured lepers into their midst, as they no longer carried the disease.

Daari Pogo's old building
Daari Pogo's old building

"We should not shun cured lepers. Science has clearly shown that they cannot pass the disease on. Let us welcome them, make them part of our everyday lives, and more importantly, show them, love, after contracting a disease through no fault of theirs."