Coronavirus: We have been left behind - US-based Ghanaian policy analyst on people with disability

Coronavirus: We have been left behind - US-based Ghanaian policy analyst on people with disability

- Dr Sefakor Komabu-Pomeyie, a US-based Ghanaian physically disabled international policy analyst and advocate has called on government to be culturally responsive

- Dr Komabu-Pomeyie, urged the government not to copy western measures against COVID-19 blindly to avoid marginalizing persons living with disability

- She noted that people with disability are among the most at risk in the wake of coronavirus but have been neglected

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Globally, an estimated 1 billion people, roughly 15 per cent of the world’s population live with some form of disability and coronavirus presents a particular risk for them.

Persons living with disability are among some of the world’s most margelised and as the coronavirus spreads across countries, it is important that such people are reassured that their survival is a priority.

Some experts have recommended that government could provide targeted measures for physically challenged persons and their families which could include physical things such as making sure that people with disability have the necessary resources to cope.

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Without immediate targeted measures for persons living with disability, some could develop severe COVID-19 infections and further spread it among their families.

They further recommend disability service providers such as paid care givers should be given priority access to protective equipment.

On March 15, 2020, Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo announced an update on enhanced measures taken by the government to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

According to these experts, some people might have difficulty adhering to the enhanced measures outlined by the president and enacting the social distancing recommended by the WHO.

Amid the outbreak and spread of the coronavirus, some persons living with disability feel they have been neglected by government.

And Dr Sefakor Komabu-Pomeyie, a US-based Ghanaian physically disabled international policy analyst and advocate agrees.

''It a general issue of what we called the global structural discrimination problem. We have been left behind totally because they thought of the solutions immediately before thinking of the people who are at the higher risk,'' Dr Sefakor Komabu-Pomeyie told TV3.

She advised that the government and health authorities should be culturally responsive and not copy blindly from the western culture to avoid marginalising people with disability.

The Ghana Federation of Disability Organisation comprising of nine organisations also expect more to be done.

Watch full story by TV3 below.

YEN.com.gh previously reported that a lady identified as Precious Williams has shared a heart-wrenching experience about how she is struggling to cope after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Precious Williams disclosed in a message on social media that she tested positive for the COVID-19 and she asked her friends to remember her in their prayers for speedy recovery.

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