22 January 2017

Prez Akufo Addo Urged To Fast Track The Implementation Of The Disability Law


The government of Ghana led by Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo has been called to as a matter of urgency pass the needed legislative instrument to see through the implementation of the disability law Act 715


This according to the management of the Begoro community rehabilitation centre would go a long way to address the challenges of persons’ with disabilities.

The Begoro Salvation Army community rehabilitation centre in the Eastern region is set to receive a remodel therapy centre of excellence after thirty-five years of existence.

Funded by the Australia’s Direct Aid Program, the sixty thousand dollars project is expected to serve over ten thousand disability persons within Fanteakwa district and its environs.

The Australia high commissioner to Ghana flanked by some officials of the Salvation Army broke the ground for the commencement of the project which seeks to address the problem of access and affordability.

At a ceremony to officially break the ground for the commencement of the project, the centre administrator, Raymond Badu express gratitude to the Australian government for the support.

He bemoaned the negligence of the Ghanaian government towards the facility over the past thirty-five years.

Zinabu Nasiru, a beneficiary of the facility in a speech outlined the challenges they face as a result of their disability.

She mentioned discrimination and stigma as some of the barriers that prevents them from participating in social activities.

While thanking the Australia government for the support, Zinabu Nasiru appealed to the Ghana government to also support in that direction.

Addressing the gathering, the Australia high commissioner to Ghana, Andrew Barnes stated that supporting persons with disability is one important focus of the Direct Aid Program.

According to him, the program is supporting twenty-two projects in Ghana and throughout West Africa this year.

He noted that the project when completed would significantly improve access to and the quality of rehabilitation services at the centre for the benefit of many disabled children.

The Begoro community based rehabilitation centre operates as both institutional and community based social service for disabled children and young adult in the rural areas.

It has 35-bed inpatient unit, which treats children and young adults with disabilities.

It also provides community outpatient services to disability persons such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, bone disorders, hearing lost, paralysis among others.

Source: Peacefmonline.com

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