Ghana has no concrete policy for children with Cerebral Palsy, Mrs Hannah Awadzi, Initiator of the Special Mothers Project, has said.
“Children with Cerebral Palsy are without any protection in our society, this is what pushes many parents to dump their children in this modern era,”
She, therefore, called on the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to work towards a policy that protects and support children with Cerebral Palsy
Mrs Awadzi said this when members of the Special Mothers Project met to discuss welfare issues.
The Special Mothers Project is a project that advocates and creates awareness about Cerebral Palsy issues in Ghana
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disorder that affects muscle tone, movement, and motor skills (the ability to move in a coordinated and purposeful way). It is one of the most common congenital (existing at or before birth) disorders of childhood
CP usually is caused by brain damage that happens before or during a baby's birth, or during the first 3 to 5 years of a child's life. This brain damage also can lead to other health issues, including vision, hearing, and speech problems; and learning disabilities.
Mrs Awadzi said there was the need for a policy that encourages society to accept children with the condition instead of shunning them.
“We live in a society where some children with CP are shunned and discriminated against, to the extent that some educational and health institutions rejects them,” she said.
“A society or nation is worth dying for if it caters for her vulnerable,” she said, pointing out that the difference between the developed societies and the under-developed society is how they care for their vulnerable people.
Ghana last year launched a child protection and welfare policy which seeks to establish a well-structured and coordinated child and family welfare system that promotes the well being of children, prevents abuses and protects children from harm.
However, the policy is a bit vague on childhood disabilities.