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Physically Disabled asks Parliament to ratify UN Convention

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The Ghana Society for the Physically Disabled has called on Parliament to ratify without further delay the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Disabled.

Mr Benjamin Amofa, national vice president of the Society, who made the call, noted that the delay in the ratification of the UN Convention had resulted in people’s continued disregard for members’ plight.

He was speaking at an annual get-together organised for members of the Dormaa branch of the Society at Dormaa Ahenkro.

Dabone family of Dormaa Ahenkro with support from friends presented five wheel chairs and assorted elbow and armpit clutches valued at GH¢5,000 to members of the branch Society.

The family also presented GH¢1,500 to Dormaa office of the National Health Insurance Scheme for the registration of 100 physically challenged persons for the scheme this year.

Mr Amofa commended Government for increasing the disability component of the Assemblies Common Fund from two to three per cent in the 2012 national budget.

Atta Dabone Senior, who presented the items, said his family in collaboration with friends concerned about the plight of the aged and the physically challenged, had made similar donations for the past eight years.

He said the group had earlier presented gifts to inmates of the children’s ward of Presbyterian hospital, as well as people in police custody in Dormaa Ahenkro during the yuletide.

Atta Dabone Senior,  a lecturer at the Methodist University College,   said the gesture was his family’s token towards the plight of the vulnerable and less fortunate in society.

He asked the physically challenged not to resign to their fate but to endeavour to make the best out of support they receive from individuals and organizations.

Source: GNA

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