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Government will soon remove all physical barriers in all public sector facilities that inhibit the free movement of Persons Living with Disabilities in the country.

At a ceremony in Accra, 20,000 manual and electronic wheelchairs were presented to Persons Living with Disabilities, to help make them a bit more mobile.

Being immobile is very difficult for sick people, especially when they visit health facilities. For Persons Living with Physical Disabilities, this is their main challenge.

Experts say, an appropriate wheelchair is of benefit to the physical health and quality of life of the users, since it reduces problems such as pressure sores, progression of deformities and improves respiration and digestion, while helping them to become somehow independent.

The 20,000 Wheelchairs to Persons Living with Disabilities and the various public health facilities in the Health Sector is a collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the World Bank.

The Task Team Leader for Health of the World Bank, for Ghana, Togo and Liberia Dr. Anthony Sedor, commended the government for it’s all inclusive approach even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The recipients were grateful for the intervention to make them mobile.

The Minister for Health Mr. Kwaku Aggyemang Manu, said the health sector has received a lot of support and these Wheelchairs will further enhance services.

The Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, rolled out some government initiatives to make life a bit easier for persons living with Disabilities.

Earlier the government had presented 2 million cedis to one thousand disabled men and 2 million cedis to 1,000 disabled women entrepreneurs under the Presidential Empowerment for Male Entrepreneurs with Disability among others.

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