Stakeholders call for Inclusive Day-Care centres in communities

Accra, Participants at the end of a two-day conference on cerebral palsy has called on government to create inclusive community early childhood day care centre, which will admit children with cerebral palsy

A communique issued at the end of the conference also urged the government to enhance the human resource capacity of professionals working with persons with cerebral palsy.

The conference on the theme: Inclusion Matters: Count in Children with Cerebral Palsy, funded by Cerebral Palsy Africa and Liliane Foundation, and facilitated by SWEB Foundation a Ghanaian based non-governmental organisation, assembled health professionals, educationists, government officials and parents of children with cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy is a neurological condition that affects movement and sometimes speech of children.

The communique also urged the government to prioritize the early identification and intervention strategies of cerebral palsy and absorb community based rehabilitation graduates to help bridge the gap between care-givers and health professionals.

Participants, however, commended the government for the adoption of the inclusive education policy and an attempt by stakeholders to implement the provision in the document.

They also commended the existence of training programmes for rehabilitation professionals like physiotherapists, occupational therapists, audiologists, and speech and language therapists among others.

The communique called for better collaboration between non-governmental organisations and programmes run by government.

Source: Ghana News Agency