A nursing mother has collapsed during a mad rush for ‘jollof’ rice supplied by Gender Minister, Nana Oye Lithur. The shocking incident happened in Ghana. It was gathered that the woman was struggling with another head potter when the incident took place. The two were part of over 50 head porters invited to a function organized by the Gender Minister in the Asokore Mampong District of the Ashanti Region, AdomOnline reports.
The event which was meant to register the Kayayei onto the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and also help those on the scheme to renew their cards turned rowdy after about 50 other people started struggling for jollof rice shared at the occasion. The event became rowdy and crowded as people dragged each other for the rice.
Leader of the Kayayei Association, Adiza Dagomba confirmed that two of the porters, with children strapped at their backs, collapsed on the stage due to hunger. According to her, it is assumed the porters had arrived the venue very early leaving them hungry.
Dagomba accused the organizers of failing to fulfill their promise of registering all the head porters onto the health insurance scheme. She said those who collapsed have been taken to hospital.
The incident was described as unfortunate and uncalled for. The tragedy still exposed the lingering problem of poverty in Africa as most of the masses do not have enough to eat while the elite and the political class continue to bask in untold affluence.
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