Authorities, in partnership with the World Bank, handed over 20,000 wheelchairs to individuals with disabilities on Tuesday 11 Could as a part of ongoing interventions to enhance their livelihoods and wellbeing.
The guide and powered wheelchairs, to be distributed by the Ministry of Well being via the varied District Well being Directorates, will improve private mobility. It should equally help individuals with disabilities in turning into extra productive members of our communities.
Handing over the wheelchairs at a ceremony in Accra on Tuesday 11 Could, Vice-President, Mahamudu Bawumia, stated the donation was additional proof of presidency’s renewed dedication to constructing a good and inclusive society, which ensures that each one residents share within the nation’s wealth and prosperity, regardless of their background.
“Indisputably, the previous one yr has been difficult for many people due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Issues of social fairness, methods to defend the weak and most susceptible in society, methods to present social housing, methods to enhance equitable entry to well being care to all residents within the nation no matter the place they reside, how to make sure elevated entry to the schooling of all Ghanaian kids, have at all times been on the core of our social coverage challenges. These challenges have at all times been there. COVID-19 simply amplified the challenges.
“As we’re all conscious, individuals with disabilities are at all times confronted with these challenges, which forestall them from having an honest high quality of life and fulfilling their true potential.
“The Authorities of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will not be insensitive to those challenges, therefore the implementation of a number of initiatives to ease and to remove the obstacles a lot of you face in your on a regular basis lives.”
Among the initiatives undertaken since 2017 embrace the presentation in 2020 of GHC4 million to 2 thousand (2,000) disabled women and men entrepreneurs below the Presidential Empowerment for Male Entrepreneurs with Incapacity (PEMED) and the Presidential Empowerment for Girls Entrepreneurs with Incapacity (PEWED) respectively; and the handing over of 10,000 hospital beds to the Minister for Well being for distribution throughout the nation.
Assistive technology-enabled gadgets
By way of the Ghana Funding Fund for Digital Communications (GIFEC), Authorities additionally offered college students residing with incapacity in chosen tertiary establishments with assistive technology-enabled gadgets and coaching to advertise their digital inclusion in 2019, and in addition offered 240 fit-for-purpose gender and incapacity pleasant college sanitation services to over 231,870 college pupils of low-income communities within the Better Accra Metropolitan Space (GAMA) via the GAMA Sanitation and Water Venture.
“Authorities can be exploring alternatives to take away current boundaries in public buildings, instructional techniques, healthcare and within the job market to offer alternatives for all. The problem for us is how our collective actions can decrease a few of the circumstances that deny different residents the advantages of private mobility,” he added.
Citing World Well being Organisation experiences which point out that apart from infectious illnesses similar to polio, malaria, and meningitis, the foremost reason behind incapacity is street accidents, Vice President Bawumia expressed fear that such accidents, significantly from motorised accidents, don’t solely trigger demise however may additionally go away occupants and harmless pedestrians disabled.
“I subsequently urge street customers to abide by the site visitors guidelines and rules. A fantastic thoughts as soon as stated, ‘Nothing is of higher significance than the conservation of oneself.’ Allow us to remind ourselves that to stroll is a proper, to drive or to trip is a privilege.”