Dr. Mrs. Mary Grant, former ,member of the erstwhile Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) and Member of the Council of State, is dead. She was 88.
Family sources said she died on Sunday, September 18, at the 37 Military Hospital.
She left behind two of her own children, and four adopted ones.
President John Dramani tweeted about Dr. Grant’s death, describing her as a “great woman of our modern era”.
Dr. Grant was appointed in 1989, by Flight-Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings among the last batch of PNDC members and served until the PNDC was dissolved on January 7, 1993.
She held many positions including adeputy minister of health, and later became the Minister of Education and Culture and also a Member of the Council of State.
In 2012, she was honoured at the Ghana Women Awards, the premier awards ceremony aimed at celebrating the success of women of excellence in various facets of the society. Her award was presented to her by former President Rawlings.
Dr. Grant was part of the National Democratic Congress’ (NDC’s) Vetting Committee which grilled Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings and Dr. Ekow Spio-Garbrah, when they entered the race to contest the late President Mills in the NDC’s presidential primary in 2011, ahead of the 2012 elections.
In August 2015, she was part of about 100 former government officials of the PNDC and NDC, who were hosted at the Flagstaff House by President John Mahama.
Dr. Grant is a sister to the late Paa Grant, a merchant and politician in the Gold Coast, who has been called “the father of Gold Coast politics”.
Paa Grant, a political activist, was a founder and the first president of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) in 1947, which had the goal of achieving self-government.
Dr. Grant, an old student of Wesley Girls High School, is the first alumnus to be a medical doctor.
She led Ghana’s delegation to many international conferences such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) General Assemblies in Geneva, World Bank Meeting in Africa Health, WHO regional conferences in Africa, Cairo Conference on Population and Development, among others.
She was among Ghana’s delegation to the Beijing Conference on Women’s Rights.
At its 39th Annual General Conference in 1997, the Ghana Medical Association awarded her a certificate of honour for her concern for welfare of doctors.
As a medical practitioner, Dr. Grant had been critical of health workers who embark on strikes at the expense of human lives.