Injustice: An Account Of A UK-Based Ghanaian Nurse Who Died Of COVID-19

Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, a Ghanaian nurse in the UK who died of COVID-19 [image: Korrine Sky]

Racism and injustice are now the most talked about issues all over the world.

Mass protests have been held in major cities of the United States of America, following the bizarre death of George Floyd – an African-American man.

George Floyd died on May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis after a white police officer knelt on his neck.

Americans, however, are not the only ones protesting against the inhumane treatment meted out to Black people. People in other nations are also supporting the Black Lives Matter movement by engaging in protests in their respective countries or joining online protests like the #BlackOutTuesday campaign.

It is important to note that racism does not only happen in the US, Black People in other countries also face racial abuse.

Protests have also erupted in the UK over the death of George Floyd. According to the Guardian, the anti-racism protesters have also accused the police of unfairly targeting black people during the lockdown.

In line with the anti-racism protests in the UK over the unfair treatment of Blacks, Korrine Sky on Twitter, did a thread of Black People who have not received justice for their untimely death.

One name that came up in Korrine’s thread is Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, a 28-year-old, Ghanaian nurse in the UK.

According to Korrine, Mary worked at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital. She was admitted for treatment for coronavirus on April 7, 2020, when she was pregnant. Unfortunately, she died of the virus.

“The system let her down,” Korrine stated.

She went on to add that: “The system let down a lot of black nurses, doctors and healthcare staff. Statistics showed black, Asian and minority ethnic people are far more likely to get and die from coronavirus yet little was done to protect their lives. From incorrect PPE the list goes on.”

Abena, the niece of Mary Agyeiwaa, confirmed Korrine’s report. According to her, the only support the Luton and Dunstable Hospital gave her family was to donate an amount of £100 (GHC728) after Mary died.

“Till this day my aunty hasn’t received justice. L&D Unison donated a measly £100 after she died,” Abena stated. has contacted Abena for more information on her aunt’s death but she has not responded as at the time of filing this report.


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