Mary Grant Mahama eulogises former Council of State member

Mary Grant died on Sunday (September 18, 2016) at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.

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President John Dramani Mahama has eulogised the late Dr Mrs Mary Grant, describing her as a “great woman”.

The president wrote on Facebook on Monday, September 19 that the former Council of State member was a “great woman of our modern era”.

 

Mary Grant died on Sunday (September 18, 2016) at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.

Dr Mary Grant was a former Member of the Council of State and former member of erstwhile Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC).

She entered politics after she was appointed Deputy Secretary for Health in 1985 during the PNDC era.

She championed the fight for a better welfare of all categories of health workers. She was also involved in drawing guidelines for drawing guidelines for the party structures at the grassroots.

During her tenure as Deputy Secretary for Health, she led Ghana’s delegation to many international conferences including General Assemblies in Geneva, World Health Organisation (WHO), WHO Regional Conferences in Africa, World Bank Meeting in Africa Health, Cairo Conference on Population and Development among others.

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She was also part of Ghana’s delegation to the Beijing Conference on Women’s Rights.

Dr Grant later served for two terms as a member of the Council of State at the inauguration of the fourth republic. During that same time, she was the Chairperson of the National Council on Women and Development.

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The Ghana Medical Association at their 39th Annual General Conference in 1997, awarded her a Certificate of Honour for her concern for the welfare of doctors.

She received a State award in the same year for her “wise and forthright counsel as a member of the Council of State”.

She turned 88 on August 6 this year.

She left behind six children and four grandsons.

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