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Stakeholders call for Inclusive Day-Care centres in communities


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By
Hannah Awadzi, GNA

Accra, July, 24, GNA –
Participants at the end of a two-day conference on cerebral palsy has called on
government to create inclusive community early childhood day care centre, which
will admit children with cerebral palsy

A communiqué issued at
the end of the conference also urged the government to enhance the human
resource capacity of professionals working with pers

By
Hannah Awadzi, GNA

Accra, July, 24, GNA –
Participants at the end of a two-day conference on cerebral palsy has called on
government to create inclusive community early childhood day care centre, which
will admit children with cerebral palsy

A communiqué issued at
the end of the conference also urged the government to enhance the human
resource capacity of professionals working with persons with cerebral palsy.

The conference on the
theme: “Inclusion Matters: Count in Children with Cerebral Palsy”, funded by
Cerebral Palsy Africa and Liliane Foundation, and facilitated by SWEB
Foundation a Ghanaian based non-governmental organisation, assembled health
professionals, educationists, government officials and parents of children with
cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy is a
neurological condition that affects movement and sometimes speech of children.

The communiqué also
urged the government to prioritize the early identification and intervention
strategies of cerebral palsy and absorb community based rehabilitation
graduates to help bridge the gap between care-givers and health professionals.

Participants, however,
commended the government for the adoption of the inclusive education policy and
an attempt by stakeholders to implement the provision in the document.

They also commended
the existence of training programmes for rehabilitation professionals like
physiotherapists, occupational therapists, audiologists, and speech and
language therapists among others.

The communiqué called
for better collaboration between non-governmental organisations and programmes
run by government.

GNA


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