June 25, 2013

The Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection and Member of Parliament for Gomoa Central, Hon Rachel Florence Appoh has indicated government’s commitment to review the Disability Act (Act 715) which was passed on the floor of Parliament in 2006.

According to the Lawmaker, a review of the existing Act will ensure total protection and eliminate stigmatizing on the part of persons with disability.

The Minister made this known when delivering her key note address in Accra to commemorate this year’s National Day of Person with Disability (PWD) which took place on Monday June 24, 2013.

Hon. Appoh however expressed grief on how persons with disability were made to face hardship and stigmatization due to their critical and physical challenges, adding that some children of school going age usually drop out of school due to their conditions.

She further stated that the Gender, Children and Social Protection ministry is poised to ensure that the rights and protection of these persons are not trampled upon hence the need to review the existing Act 715.

She further noted that the ministry had also intended to intensify partnership with other relevant sectors, ministries and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) to help address the many concerns of Person with Disabilities in the country.

Emmanuel Frimpong Mensah/GhanaMPs.gov.gh