Hakeem, saved from the streets
The phenomenon of streetism is a global menace as most street children are exposed to strenuous and dangerous situations on the street. In Ghana, it is estimated that there are almost 90,000 street children living in Greater Accra alone. Streetism in Ghana can be attributed to poverty and improper parenting.
A Non-governmental organizations save a street child foundation embarked on a walk on 2nd of September 2017 to emphasize the devastating situation of streetism in the country and solicit for support from various stakeholders and the government to curb the problem. After the walk, a health screening exercise was organized to check the health status of the children. During the screening doctors diagnosed some of the children of serious health conditions which required prompt medical treatment. One of the children called Hakim Alimeyahu was found lying sick on the street.
He was rushed to the GBC clinic for treatment and the resident doctor diagnosed him of acute kidney infection. He was treated and discharged with all expenses paid by the foundation. The team took hakim to DOVSU where he was referred to social welfare to provide a temporary stay at the Osu children home while the team looked for his family.
Unfortunately he ran away from the shelter home and after several publications and announcements on radio and television, Hakims father was found and reunited with his son. Currently, he has been enrolled back in school to realize his dream of becoming a medical doctor.