Family members of a critically injured worker of the Rebecca Fashion Manufacturing Ghana Limited, the Chinese cosmetic producing company, located at the Tema Free Zone enclave in the Greater Accra Region, Charles Owusu have made a very passionate appeal to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and other relevant-anti-human rights regulatory institutions to immediately intervene in the matter to safe the life of Master Owusu.
Their call on President Akufo-Addo and relevant anti-human rights regulatory institutions including CHRAJ to come to the aid of Master Owusu, according to them [the farmily members], has become necceary because the Chinese company has abandoned a critically injured worker of the company, who is currently receiving medical treatment at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.
They stated that the country manager of Rebecca Fashion Manufacturing Ghana Limited, who only gave his name as Allan has persistently and arrogantly refused to release money to them on time to buy the prescribed medicines to treat the victim, the phenomenon which has made the condition of the victim becomes worst.
“We are therefore calling on our President H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice and other relevant-anti-human rights regulatory institutions to immediately impress upon the management of the company to do the needful things to safe the life of Charles Owusu who has got burnt for the past one year ago because he is currently dying slowly,” the farmily members cried out.
They noted with regret that even the efforts being made by the doctor at the 37 Military Hospital who is in charged of dressing the wounds of the victim to write a letter to the country manager of the company to release the money to buy the prescribed medicines to treat the victim has also hit snagged.
According to family members of the victim, their investigations have revealed that the 27-year-old worker of the company was severely burnt by an electricity machine.
They noted that Charles Owusu was severely got injured while he was asked to accompany one Chinese national to help him fix a new electricity power machine at the different site of where the company was intended to set up another cosmetic producing company in Tema.
They pointed out “our investigations; further revealed that Charles Owusu got burnt with one Chinese national and were both sent to the 37 Military Hospital for treatment.”
But strangely, they indicated that “our sources at the Chinese firm said, instead of the company flying the two abroad, the company decided to flew the Chinese national and left Charles Owusu at the 37 Military Hospital.
The incident—which occurred on Wednesday, July 10, 2018—have defaced the Ghanaian victim, making him look like a caricature.
Family members of the victim, who are boiling with anger over the neglect of their son, has, as a result, petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and other relevant -antihuman right institutions to immediately come to their aid.
According to them, it was inhuman for the company to abandon Charles at the time he needed their support.
Meanwhile, a letter purported to have been written by the company on August 2, 2018, which was chanced upon by this reporter indicated the company’s preparedness and commitment towards the medical bills of the victim.
The one-page letter entitled: ‘`Guarantee to settle the bills of Charles Owusu in the allied ward of the 37 Military hospital,” signed by the Manager of the cosmetic firtn, one Mr Rick, read in parts, “the above mentioned client is a staff of our company, Rebecca Fashion Manufacturing Ghana Limited.”
The letter—which was addressed to the Commander in-charge of 37 Military Hospital at Neglelli Barracks continued that “we promise to pay all bills pertaining to our staff for his treatment at the end of his medical care. So kindly carry on with your services.’
Speaking in an interview with this reporter the step father of the victim, Mr Patrick Akoto noted that the management was now hesitating to release money for them [the Family] to buy the prescribed medicines to treat the victim.
According to him, anytime “we approach the management through one Ernest Tawiah who was given a power of attorney to release money for us to buy medicines to dress the wounds of Charles Owusu they would give us excuses.
“My brother (referring this reporter) sometimes it takes four days to get the management of the company to release the money to buy medicines to dress the wounds,” he added in sorrow.
A distraught Mr Akoto complained that the delay on the part of the company was affecting the already deteriorating treatment body of Charles Owusu.
In an interview with this reporter, the legal consultant to Rebecca Fashion Manufacturing Ghana Limited who failed to mention his name confirmed the claims by Mr Patrick Akoto.
He described the development as very worrisome and heartbreaking, looking at the critical condition of the victim.
According to him, he had on several occasions advised the management of the company to ensure strict compliance of the conditions stated in the letter of the agreement between the family and the company in regards to the medical treatment of the victim under the labour law after the two had a meeting with the National Labour Commission (NLC).
When efforts were made to get Allan through Mr Ernest Tawiah to respond to the allegations leveled against the company, he (Allan) arrogantly declined to talk to this reporter.
“I am not going to talk to any journalist with the local private private newspaper. Because Today newspaper is disgusted itself.
“I can only talk to journalists with either of the Daily Graphic or Ghanaian Times newspapers,” these are unpleasant messages from the arrogant Alla through Mr Ernest Tawiah who is given a power of attorney to represent the company to be visiting the victim at the hospital.
Mr Allan’s anger on Today was premised on the ground that the local private newspaper has first spilled the bean on the company delay tactics to release money for the farmily members to buy the prescribed medicines to treat the victim. Stay tuned for more details.
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