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A parliamentary caucus on disabilities on Tuesday met the media to deliberate on ways of articulating challenges confronting Persons with Disability (PWD), for redress.

Addressing the meeting, Mr John Majisi, Member of Parliament (MP) for Krachi Nchumuru, said there were comprehensive government policies, provisions and programmes in the statutory books and the PWDs Act, 2006, Act (715) but the conditions of the PWDs in Ghana were not good.

Mr Majisi, who chaired the meeting, called for non-partisan approach to finding long-term solutions to challenges facing PWDs in the areas of health, transport, education, employment and other endeavours, to properly integrate PWDs into the society.

Mr Alhassan Mumuni, MP for Salaga North and Mrs Freda Prempeh, MP for Tano North, said there was the need for vigorous advocacy and sensitization so that the media, lawmakers and policy formulators could appreciate issues on disability.

The MPs called for the training of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives to enable them understand and incorporate matters affecting PWDs in the assemblies’ plans and also properly disburse the Disability Common Fund.

Participants at the meeting called on ministries, departments and agencies to consider PWDs when designing and executing programmes and projects, particularly access to public structures and construction of roads.

They also appealed to non-governmental organizations, embassies and high commissions in Ghana to support activities aimed at improving the well-being of PWDs.

Mr Yaw Ofori-Debrah, President of the Ghana Federation of the Disabled, commend MPs and the media for championing programmes for PWDs and and pledged the Federation’s support for the caucus.

He said the Federation would facilitate the formation of regional branches to help identify matters affecting PWDs in all parts of the country.
Source: GNA

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