The Juaboso District Assembly in the Western North Region has supported 200 persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the District to help improve upon their standards of living.
Out of the number, 31 of them received GHC1000.00 cash each, while the rest received various items such as fufu pounding machines, deep freezers, industrial machines, wheelchairs and stabilizers.
Presenting the items to the beneficiaries, Madam Martha Kwayie Manu, District Chief Executive (DCE), explained that the presentation was the fourth in the past three years.
She said persons with disabilities in the District were not left out in this trying times of COVID-19 Pandemic, stressing that as she visited all registered PWDs in their homes, she donated nose masks and hand Sanitizers to help protect them and their families from COVID-19.
Madam Manu, who is also the Parliamentary Candidate for the NPP in the Juaboso Constituency, said the Assembly had set up a monitoring team to advise and ensure beneficiaries used the items for the intended purpose, so as to stop the PWDs from begging for arms on the Streets.
She commended the government and the Local Government Ministry for equipping persons with disabilities in the country, so as to make them useful to themselves and the society.
She also appealed to families with relatives who have disabilities not to “hide such persons” but rather register them with the Social Welfare Department to enable them get support from the District Assembly.
Mr Williams Agyeman Duah, President of Juaboso District Persons with Disabilities Association, said the COVID-19 had negatively affected them and that the support had come at the right time.
He commended the government and the District Assembly for the support and promised to use the items to improve upon on their livelihood.
He called on religious institutions and Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs) to emulate the government’s efforts by supporting them with personal protective equipment to protect PWDs against COVID-19 infection.
Mr Duah further expressed gratitude to Madam Manu for donating quantities of hand Sanitizers and nose masks to them in their homes.
He also advised Ghanaians especially persons with disabilities to adhere to all the protocols aimed at fighting COVID-19.