Mrs Felicity Amponsemkyere, Secretary of the Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD) in the New Juaben South Municipality (NJSMA) in the Eastern Region, has called on the government to prioritise Persons With Disability (PWD) when providing stimulus packages.She explained that giving preferential treatment to PWDs when implementing the stimulus package policy would help the disabled to have sustainable resources and further reduce their reliance on society for their livelihoods.
Mrs Amponsemkyere made this call when a group named, Nii and Friends COVID-19 PPEPWD donated items to PWDs in New Juaben South Municipality to support them during the COVID-19 era.
The items included over 500 nose masks, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, liquid soaps, bottles of red oil and vegetable oil, boxes of tinned tomatoes, sardines, cornflakes, toiletries, detergents, bread, and confectionery, were presented by Neil Nii Amartey- Kanarku, a Citi TV Correspondent in Eastern Region.
The GFD Secretary said it was sometimes embarrassing when the disabled were gathered in an area and given pieces of bread and cups of rice.
She called on the government to provide them with support for them to expand their businesses so that they could be independent.
Nii Amartey- Kanarku, Founder of Nii and Friends COVID-19 PPE4PWD, indicated that it was evident that abled persons were struggling to go through this COVID-19 season, hence, his decision to go to the aid of the PWDs as they have been badly affected by COVID-19.
Nana Twumasi Dankwah, Gyaasehene of New Juaben Traditional Council, thanked the group for their support to the PWDs to help them conquer the disease and assured that the Traditional Council would ensure that PWDs were factored in all community projects.