Coronavirus: We need special targeting – PWDs

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President of Council for persons with disability, Yaw Ofori Debrah has suggested the measures adopted by the government to prevent the spread of Covid-19 have not targetted PWDs.

He said PWDs need special targeting so they would be well informed on the safety measures.

He called for a specialised communication strategy for deaf persons to meet their needs, failure to do that he lamented could generate a serious crisis.

For the blind, Mr Debrah also called for an initiative to educate them on the measures being employed to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

He appealed to corporate Ghana to offer assistant to PWDs in this regard.

Disability he explained is a special area that needs specialised individuals to manage their affairs.

He admonished the government to appoint a presidential staffer to attend to issues of PWDs.

Ghana has confirmed six cases with 181 persons traced and being monitored for coming into contact with the affected persons.

1Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah on Sunday indicated that the government has in place initiatives to educate PWDs.

Meanwhile, all travel to Ghana is strongly discouraged until further notice.

”Any traveler, except for Ghanaian citizens and persons with Ghana residence permits, who within the last 14 days, has been to a country that has recorded at least 200 cases of COVID-19, will not be admitted into the Ghanaian jurisdiction. Airlines are instructed not to allow such persons to embark. Border posts are instructed not to allow such persons into the jurisdiction.”

Aside from that, “there will be a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for persons who are otherwise allowed to enter the Ghanaian jurisdiction. Guidelines for self-quarantine will be available at the various Ghanaian ports of entry. Enforcement protocols are being deployed in collaboration with state security and health authorities. Persons determined to be unable to satisfactorily self-quarantine will be quarantined by the State. Any admissible traveler, who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 will be quarantined and tested upon reaching Ghana. ”

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