Former Member of the Council of State and former member of erstwhile Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC), Dr. Mary Grant has died. She reportedly died on Sunday September 18, at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra. Dr. Mary Grant who was the first Ghanaian female doctor, turned 88 on August 6 this year.
The veteran made her debut in politics when she was appointed Deputy Secretary for Health in 1985 during the PNDC era. During her tenure as Deputy Secretary for Health, she led Ghana’s delegation to many international conferences. Some of them include; 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, etc.
Dr. Grant also played a critical role in ensuring the welfare of all categories of health workers, during her tenure. Dr. Grant was also part of Ghana’s delegation to the Beijing Conference on Women’s Rights. Her service in the field of health led to her appointment as a member of PNDC in 1989, with special responsibility for Health and Education.
She was appointed member of Council of State after the inauguration of the 4th republic. The Council of State is a 25 member advisory body to the President. Dr. Grant served for two terms as a member of Council of State. In 1997 She received a State award in the same year for her “wise and forthright counsel as a member of the Council of State”.
In that year also, 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.
Burial arrangements for the deceased has not been revealed to the media, but be sure we’ll keep you posted on subsequent updates. Dr. Grant was survived by six children and four grandsons. May her soul rest in peace.