Appoint more Physically-challenged persons to government
The Greater Accra Regional Executive Member of the Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled, Mr Charles Bentum, has appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to appoint more Physically challenged people in his government.
According to him, that would deepen inclusive policies and programmes of Persons With Disabilities (PWD) for their grievances to be met.
Speaking in an interview with the Ghanaian Times in Accra on Wednesday, Mr Bentum stated that PWDs understood themselves better and when they gained more government appointment, the stigmatisation, discrimination and misperception about their condition would be something of the past.
He said although, the government on December 24, 2019, issued a directive through the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development for the appointment of at least one PWD to all Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), the original 30 per cent of appointments target was not met due to the limited timeline.
Mr Bentum indicated that it would be a great honour for the PWDs to get good representation in parliament, adding that “this will help in the spirit of equity, social inclusion and with the principle of leaving “No One Behind” in the developmental agenda of the country.”
He also urged the government to factor the medicines of some PWDs who were also suffering from Rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmune syndrome into the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to enhance their medical treatment.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE