Today, all children attending public basic schools in Ghana will receive a de-worming tablet. As over seven million Ghanaians are infected with such parasites, it’s important to ensure they don’t endanger the health of the youngest members of society. And, it’s definitely one of the best initiatives that the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) could possibly collaborate on.
But, while the health and well-being of children seems apparent through this exercise, there is a lot more that can be done.
The CEO of Safe Child Ghana has called for the government to pick up the tab for the medical expenses of victimised children. This would include everything from conducting HIV tests and providing rape kits to reconstructive work required as the result of assault.
At the moment, these expenses fall on the shoulders of parents and caregivers – if these treatments are provided at all. One positive offshoot of such an exercise is that the government might find a little more motivation to prosecute and incarcerate violent offenders. And who doesn’t want safer streets and more carefree children?
The same organisation has also called for children to spend less time watching foreign soap operas because they’re not an accurate representation of life. That statement is a little harder to swallow; not because it’s inherently untrue, but because children should be taught to dream of and work towards brighter futures.
But, the line there is a little blurry, as are the concerns over the free BRT bus routes in Accra. If people are happy to jump on the free transport that would have ordinarily driven their cars, then it’s not a bad thing at all – at least for the congestion on the roads. But, if it drives the alternative forms of public transport into the ground, the government will need to pick up plenty of slack. And, wouldn’t we rather the funds are directed towards health care and child services?
Above all, however, the lines are most blurred on the statue of Gandhi at the University of Ghana. The statue was erected in June. By the end of September, professors are calling for it to be brought down. They believe that Gandhi was racist against black Africans and have plenty of his works to substantiate those claims.
Whether or not the Indian activist was or wasn’t racist isn’t the question that’s most concerning at the moment. Why weren’t the professors at such an esteemed university consulted before said statue was erected? Surely the biggest resources of any higher learning institution are the professors themselves. Does it make any sense to leave them out of any steering or ad hoc committee? Nope. And, if there wasn’t such a committee, how was a statue even approved?
Blurred lines are all over the place… and we haven’t even touched on the big points influencing the upcoming elections. We’ll get back to that later.