Accra, Aug. 29, GNA -The Reverend Stanley Mensah, Deputy General Overseer of the Charismatic Evangelistic Ministry (CEM), has called on government to build institutions that can support disabled people.
He said the existence of such institutions in Ghana will not only help make them independent but will also help harness their abilities to enable them contribute to national development
Rev Mensah spoke to the GNA after his church CEM organized an event to fete and provide medical care to thousands of persons living with disability within the Accra metropolis.
He said: “I do not think that government has an idea about the state of disability in the country,” adding that CEM’s continued effort to fete and attend to the medical needs of disabled persons in Accra should be an eye opener of the extent of the disability situation in the country.
Rev Mensah said his church saw a similar things being done in London some years ago and they decided to replicate it in Ghana.
Mrs Hannah Awadzi, Initiator of the Special Mothers Project, an advocacy and awareness creation programme on cerebral palsy used the opportunity to talk to the pastor about cerebral palsy.
She said: “Cerebral Palsy is the single and most popular cause of disability in children,” and urged the church to extend support to families with cerebral palsy children, especially those in the rural areas.
Mrs Awadzi also called for data and accurate statistics on cerebral palsy in Ghana to enable government know the extent to which it affects families and also affects policy formulation.
Ghana indeed needs institutions that supports disabled people especially children to enhance their lives, she added.