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General News of Saturday, 21 November 2020

Source: GNA

Majority of PWDs couldn’t access govt’s COVID-19 support – Federation of Disability

GFDO says 87 per cent of PWDs have lost their businesses to COVID-19 GFDO says 87 per cent of PWDs have lost their businesses to COVID-19

A research conducted by the Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFDO) indicates that the majority of its members could not access the various government relief packages during the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 Project Officer of GFDO, Mr Christopher Agbega, who made this known, said only seven per cent of people with various forms of disability were able to benefit from the government’s assistance programme, during the pandemic.

He attributed this to a lack of information on the various assistance programmes and that their conditions were not taken into account in the formulation of COVID-19 response policies and programmes.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in Kumasi after a meeting to discuss the research report, he said the coronavirus had affected the business and socio-economic lives of PWDs.

Mr Agbega said the research indicated that about 87 per cent of PWDs have lost their businesses or jobs as a result of the outbreak of the pandemic.

He said the general living conditions of PWDs were affected and stressed the need for immediate support to enable them to live a normal life.

Mr Agbega also stressed the need for all key stakeholders to involve PWDs in all decisions, which affected them, to enable them to make meaningful contributions to ensure successful implementation and positive impact.

Mr Kwame Mensah, Programmes Manager of GFDO, appealed to Ghanaians to show much concern with disability issues since anybody could become a victim at any point in time.