Families with disability children urged to approach District Assemblies for support

GNA Reporter

Accra, Oct. 13, GNA
– The family of Samuel Nuamah Ampofo, an 11 year old boy with cerebral palsy
has been educated on the available government policies for persons with
disabilities and how the family can access such support.

The family through a
public health nurse Ms Theodora Naa Adole Acquaah reached out to the Special
Mothers Project, an advocacy and awareness creation programme on cerebral palsy
issues, to solicit support for the child.

Ms Acquaah in an
interview with the Ghana News Agency said she met the family of Master Ampofo
about seven years ago when she was posted to the Maamobi General hospital.

She said the mother
of the boy, had mental health issues and was unemployed, leaving the
grandmother to care for them as well as other family members.

Ms Acquaah said:
“the young boy Samuel, attends the Dzorwulu Special School but sometimes money
for transportation from home to the school and back is even a challenge”.

Samuel Nuamah Ampofo
who lives with cerebral palsy is able to walk and talk.

Mrs Hannah Awadzi,
Executive Director of the Special Mothers Project spoke to the family about the
District Assembly Common Fund for Persons with Disabilities as well as the
Inclusive Education Policy and advised the family to approach their District
Assembly for support

Madam Janet Opoku,
Grandmother of Samuel, who is a petty trader, said her daughter who gave birth
to Samuel had mental challenges and she had been taking care of the boy since

“We have not been
given any official diagnosis of my grandson’s illness, we have been using
herbal medication for his treatment and by God’s grace he is doing well”.

Ms Opoku called on
government to support families raising children with disabilities, saying, “The
resources that goes into nurturing these children is a lot.”


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