A Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Rachel Appoh-Opoku has consoled Suwaiba Abdul Mumin, the woman at the centre of the KATH missing baby saga.
The Deputy Minister who is in charge of Social Welfare together with the Ashanti regional Ag Gender Director, Augustina Gyamfi, the Ashanti regional Social Welfare Director, Jacob Achulo and the MCE for Asokore Mampong paid Suwaiba a visit at her residency in Aboabo, a zongo community when she graced the International Women’s Day celebrations in the Ashanti Region.
During the visit, Rachel Appoh-Opoku maintained that she was touched by the plight of the woman.
According to her, she was particularly concerned over some statements made on the airwaves suggesting Suwaiba’s inability to have a normal life and sleep at night.
In an earlier interview, Suwaiba Abdul Mumin believed that she had been neglected and felt perhaps her sex and religion are to blame, but the Deputy Minister in her submission debunked that notion stressing that her Ministry works for all and does not contain discrimination in any form.
Although some section of the public still hold the view that the incident has not been given the necessary attention it deserves, Rachel Appoh-Opoku maintains government will not renege in its resolve to uncover the mystery surrounding the case.
According to her, the four ministries namely: Gender, Children and Social Protection; Attorney General’s department, Health and Interior Ministries who have taken up the issue are working around the clock to get to the bottom of the issue.
The Ministry of health has given authorities of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) a two week ultimatum to produce the bodies of five dead babies, including that of Suwaiba Mumin. This was part of the recommendations made by a committee instituted by the Minister of Health, Sherry Ayitey to investigate circumstances that led the sudden disappearance of a baby at the KATH shortly after birth.
According to Sherry Ayittey failure to do so will attract sanctions.
The ultimatum ends this week.
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection has provided a Counselor for Suwaiba but she insists the session is yet to commence. However some elders of her community have taken up that task for the meantime.
The team from the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection during the visit also presented her assorted drinks.