Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in the Bosomtwe District in the Ashanti Region have appealed to Government for an intervention to enable them to purchase artificial legs, limbs and wheelchairs to enhance their movements.
The appeal was made by participants at a day’s health screening and donation organised by Rising Hope Foundation (RHF), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) for PWDs on Tuesday at Piase in the Bosomtwe District.
Rising Hope Foundation, a Kumasi-based NGO, aims at ensuring the betterment of PWDs in the country.
The screening and donation funded by the members of the Rising Hope Foundation was on the theme Empowering PWDs to impact society.
It was attended by more than 60 participants drawn from some identifiable groups comprising Blind peoples, Deaf and Dumbs and other physically challenged persons in the community.
The participants noted the cost of either an artificial leg or limb was not less than Ghc1,500.00 while wheelchairs and walking sticks is about Ghc.300 stressing that was too much for an individual physically-challenged person without gainful employment.
According to them,Government’s assistance in that regard would, therefore, relieve members immensely of that financial burden.
The participants complained about the manipulation by officials of some Assembly in relation to the two per cent share of the District Assemblies’ Common Fund meant for PWDs.
They therefore, appealed to the National Council for Disabilities to intervene.
Miss Deborah Anane Adjei, the leader of the Rising Hope Foundation, in a statement advised groups of PWDs in the community and the country at large to ensure their respective Assemblies engage them in decisions that directly or indirectly affect them.
She further stated that,their leadership is ready to show the greatest degree of concern and interest in improving the livelihood of it members.