Management of Rebecca Fashion Manufacturing Ghana Limited, a Chinese cosmetic producing company, located at the Tema Free Zone enclave in the Greater Accra Region, is reported to have abandoned a critically injured worker of the company, Charles Owusu, who is currently on admission at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.
Our investigations revealed that the 26-year-old worker of the company was severely burnt by an electricity machine while he was operating it with little experience.
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, our sources at the Chinese firm said, instead of the company flying the two abroad, flew the Chinese national and left Charles Owusu at the 37 Military Hospital.
The incident—which occurred on Wednesday, July 10, 2018—has 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, Today gathered, has, as a result, petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and other relevant anti-human 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 Today 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 firm, 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 Today the uncle 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 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 management was affecting the already deteriorating body of Charles Owusu.
Responding to the allegation in an interview with Today via telephone on Thursday December 28, 2018, 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).