Entertainment Industry must create welfare and support programs for members

Actor John Bredu Peasah, affectionately called Drogba and known for his role in the popular YOLO Television show is calling on Ghanaians for help, after revealing he has been dealing with a health issue for the past few years. In a post on his official Instagram page, Drogba revealed that he has been diagnosed with a demyelinating disease. The actor has been undergoing treatment for two and a half years now. A demyelinating disease is any condition that causes damage to the protective covering that surrounds nerve fibres in one’s brain and the nerves leading to the eyes and spinal cord.

The statement on Instagram noted that Drogba needs financial support to help fund his treatment. Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia paid a visit to the ailing YOLO actor to offer his support. Drogba received Dr Bawumia at his residence, where they discussed his health condition and the necessary support required for his recovery.

One of Ghana’s most celebrated Highlife musician, K.K. Kabobo, who had been unwell for a while, died on the morning of Thursday, March 14, 2024 while treating a liver disease.

K.K. Kabobo was reported to have been rushed to the University of Ghana Medical Center (UGMC) on Thursday, but sadly died upon arrival. This news comes barely two weeks after the veteran musician made his illness public, with the expenses of the family to aid in his treatment not enough. Following the news, former President John Mahama, Samira Bawumia, Wendy Shay and the Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) all donated publicly to fund K.K. Kabobo’s medical bills.

Actor John Bredu Peasah and veteran Highlife musician K.K. Kabobo both publicly revealed their struggles with serious health conditions. Their plea for financial support underscores the harsh reality faced by many artistes who lack the necessary resources to access adequate healthcare. The outpouring of support from individuals and organisations after their plea, including a visit from Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and former President John Mahama and their donations, demonstrate the compassion and solidarity that Ghanaians possess.

Much as The Chronicle applauds the support from individuals and organisations towards the plight of John Bredu Peasah and K.K. Kabobo, we also hold the view that the entertainment industry must come together to find sustainable solutions to support our artistes during their times of need. The Chronicle calls for an urgent need for better initiatives within the entertainment industry to address health-related challenges faced by its members, as it would underscore the systemic issues that need to be addressed to prevent such situations from recurring.

It is imperative that the entertainment industry come together to find sustainable solutions by taking proactive steps to establish robust welfare programs and support networks to provide financial assistance, healthcare access and emotional support to its members.

Furthermore, industry stakeholders, including government agencies, entertainment unions and production companies should collaborate to create emergency relief funds and support mechanisms to assist artists facing health crises. These funds could be sustained through contributions from industry players, fundraising events and government subsidies.

Moreover, there should be greater awareness and education within the entertainment community about the importance of regular health check-ups and early intervention. Artistes should be encouraged to prioritise their health and seek medical attention at the first signs of illness, rather than waiting until their condition deteriorates.

It is important for us to also commit ourselves to building a more compassionate and supportive entertainment industry so that they receive the care and support they deserve, both in times of crisis and throughout their careers.


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