Saturday, August 25, 2018

Government urged to show more commitment towards children with disabilities

Mrs Eugenia Tevie, Mother of a child with cerebral palsy has called on government to show more commitment towards children with disabilities.

She said: “If government could focus on developing the abilities of children with disabilities, the country will be a much better place to live.”

Mrs Tevie expressed her sentiments when Heartbeat Foundation, a Christian worship group, donated items worth 2500 cedis and 500 cedis cash to the Special Mothers Project, an advocacy and awareness creation programme on cerebral palsy to support their work

The items donated included: bags of rice, various kinds of detergents, Nestle products, baby diapers and wipes, boxes of sugar and milk.

Mrs Tevie also called on health institutions and educational facilities to be open to learn more about cerebral palsy as a condition from parents, saying, many parents handle their children on a daily basis for long hours and thus gain a lot of knowledge about the children.

“We cannot use a one cap fits all approach in managing children with cerebral palsy,” she said.

Reverend Denzel Agyemang Prempeh, Leader of Heart Beat Music and Foundation who presented the items said “the time is past when we use to think that cerebral palsy was a devilish disease or a curse”

He said knowledge on the condition was on the increase and it was important that society embraced children with cerebral palsy and accept them, “Children with cerebral palsy are God’s creation.”

Rev. Prempeh pledged his continuous support towards cerebral palsy advocacy in Ghana.

Mrs Hannah Awadzi, Executive Director of the Special Mothers Project, expressing gratitude to the group said the project aimed at enhancing the lives of families raising children with cerebral palsy in Ghana.

“We are advocating among other things facilitating the creation of support services and systems and thus enhancing the lives of families raising children with cerebral palsy.”

Mrs Awadzi said: Let’s all learn to extend love and support to families raising children with cerebral Palsy.”

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