Hon John Majisi, Member of Parliament for Krachi Nuchumuru, has called on parliament to join in advocacy for the empowerment of Persons With Disability (DWPS) to enable them fend for themselves and be recognised in society.
According to him, persons with disability are secluded from families communities and and national programmes by virtue of perceptions and their level of education.
Hon Majisi made the advocacy on the floor of parliament in a statement to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities ( IDPD) in Accra yesterday.
This year IDPD was observed on the theme: “Empowering Persons with Disabilities and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality.”
This, Hon Majisi expressed concern about successive government failures to enforce the Disability Act, 2003 (Act 651), stressing that, it has contributed to disability persons not having equal access to essential services and their rights not respected.
“Mr Speaker, PWDs have the right to fully participate in all aspects of society on the same basis as non -disabled . However, they are limited in Ghana because Of inadequate equitable access to opportunities information, building , transport and series . Secondly, there is the attitude of prejudice and ignorance resulting in negative discrimination or lack of acceptance for PWDs. A large proportion of PWDs face a vicious cycle of lower economic education and health status relative to the rest of the population,”Mr Majisi stated.
The Krachi Nchumuru lawmaker pointed that, 15 per cent of the world’s population of 64 per cent being women and forming the majority were estimated to be disabled in one form or the other.
Mr Majisi added that, apart from not having access to employment and marriage, maternal care was also not properly delivered to them while little was said of them during world women’s day celebration.
The MP who is He said there was the need to provide PWDs with essential services, especially in health care delivery while specific programmes for women with disability should also be introduced.
He said though some gains have been made in the provision of social protection intervention by successive governments and non governmental organisations, the time has come for Ghanaians to ensue that we adopt and implement measures that would guarantee the extension of social protection to all persons with disabilities.
Mr Majisi however was expressed unhappy that most disabled persons depended on less than 30 per cent common fund for their survival and was sure some did not even get their fare share of it.
He said adequate funding for PWDs would enable them enjoy an adequate standard of living for themselves and their families as w strive to achieve Agenda 2039, of ‘Leaving No OneBehind .’
He bemoaned the lack of a proper form of education for children with disability and called for the implementation of Community Based Rehabilitation Programme(CBRP) in all Metropolitans, Municipals and District Assemblies (MMDAs), as a strategy in general community development for the rehabilitation , equalisation of opportunities and the social inclusion of all persons with disabilities .
The MP said the role of organizations of PWDs are very critical in ensuring the empowerment and inclusion of its members in the mainstream society and encouraged that they provide voices for their members.