A national disaggregated data on 2,972 Person’s with Disability (PWD’s) has been developed to facilitate the mainstreaming of disability into Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies as well as national development planning and budgeting.
This was contained in a Meet the Press presentation delivered by the sector minister, Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison in Accra today.
The minister mentioned that, her outfit has made significant strides in seeing children off the street through the Ministry’s programme dubbed ‘#Operation Get Off the Street Now for A Better Life’. She said data for 2,374 street children were collected from 45 hot spots areas in Greater Accra. Out of the number, 180 street children were identified and profiled, of which 167 children received support in diverse ways.
“The Ministry undertook outreach programmes to sensitise parents on responsible parenting on child protection issues such as family strengthening, good parenting and family based care at Agbogbloshie, Mallam Atta, Madina and Makola Markets in the Greater Accra Region”.
Hon. Cynthia Morrison said the ministry has provided 139 Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) with skills training to provide them with decent economic activity and improve their livelihood.
“Five hundred and fifty-seven (557) new Non-Governmental Organisations have been registered and existing 736 have their certificates renewed and are adhering to standards. Sixty Four (64) Prospective Adoptive Parents have been assessed declared eligible and suitable to adopt children. Sixty Three (63) adoption applications were processed out of which 47 were granted approval”.
She mentioned that, 3,857 children in government and private residential homes have been provided with care, education and counselling across the country to make their life meaningful.
“Also, 38 Residential Homes for Children have been licensed”, She said.