A RETIRED POLICE officer is dying slowly after sustaining a life threatening injury during a United Nations (UN) peace keeping mission at Darfur, Sudan in 2005.
DSP Daniel Kwaku Gyau (Rtd) sustained the injury when a UN aircraft he was traveling on was forced to land following a sand storm at a village between Sudan and Chad called ‘Kubus.’
After the incident, DSP Gyau said he began sweating profusely and three months later started vomiting frequently. He sought medical treatment and was diagnosed with high blood pressure.
He later travelled to the US where he was diagnosed as suffering from acute high blood pressure as a result of the forced landing and that this had destroyed his left kidney.
US doctors then impressed upon him to contact the Ghana government to assist him taking care of his high medical bills in order to stay alive but all his efforts have not yielded any results at the presidency.
Three statesmen in the country including former presidents Kufuor and Rawlings as well as former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan have all allegedly been notified about DSP Gyau’s predicament. The current government has reportedly been notified as well but has also refused to offer any help.
DSP Gyau has now resorted to selling his personal belongings including houses he managed to acquire during his 35 years in the police service to foot his medical bills totaling nearly GH˘ 22,000 per annum as nobody is prepared to help him.
Currently, the former police officer who served his country diligently without blemish receives a yearly pension of GH˘1,967 and he is supposed to pay about GH˘1,600 every month to survive.
Having exhausted all avenues to receive government help including personally telling his troubles to Vice President John Mahama, the former police officer has directed his attention to the UN for help.
DSP Gyau told Daily Guide he has sent a letter addressed to the current UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon via EMS and is patiently waiting for a positive response.
He says he is hoping and praying the UN would grant him pardon so that he could visit the US to continue with his hemodialysis treatment at the Trinitas Medical Hospital, Elizabeth, New Jersey where all his medical records are being kept.
According to him, he was supposed to get a kidney transplant immediately to save his life, reiterating his call on the UN to come to his aid.
The dying cop has appealed to the UN Security Council to help him pay his medical bills since he suffered his predicament while serving the world body.
Narrating his ordeal at the hands of the Ghana government to the paper, DSP Gyau who was almost in tears said, “The sitting government is playing politics with my life. They know that I cannot take the government to any court in Ghana or elsewhere in the world because it has diplomatic immunity.”
He said he had spent his scanty resources by travelling from Kumasi to Accra on numerous occasions to some higher offices in the country for assistance to no avail.
He noted that he had visited the offices of the Police Council, the Ministry of Health, the office of the Vice President and later on the office of the President but none of them seem to have any pity for him.
This action by the government, he lamented has proven to him that the presidency does not value his life hence his decision to appeal to the UN to come to his aid immediately.
Source: I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi/D-Guide
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