The launch of “The Time is Now”, the latest PFP film which campaigns on behalf of children with cerebral palsy in Ghana, took place at the British Council in Accra on Friday 4 February 2011.The film was made in conjunction with Cerebral Palsy Africa, who organised the event, and the Launch, attended by about 90 people was chaired by Mr Andrew Okaikoi, Chairman of the National Council for Persons with Disability.
Following the screening, a discussion took place with input from doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, teachers, parents and members of disability organisations. All highlighted the desperate need for increased services for children with cerebral palsy.
At the close of the evening, the event was summed up by two of the key speakers as follows –
Mr Kyeremeh, representative from the Ministry of Health – “Our Minister of Health would have loved to be here. He would like a copy of the video. The problems will not be solved by a miracle, we need:
• to put down facilities,
• work on the quality of staff, and we need physiotherapists – not all have been employed and this is a big challenge
• we certainly need a community-based approach and if the community is not well-educated we must let them know that people with cerebral palsy are part of us
• it is time for men to change their attitudes
The Honourable Minister’s doors are open. The Representative will be glad to push for his attention. The Honourable Minister will take the case into deep consideration. This is the beginning of a new thing.”
Mr Okaikoi, Chairman – “We have seen, and we have heard and I believe we’ve also resolved that, when we leave here, we have a different approach on cerebral palsy. I want to assure everyone here that I for one have learnt so much this evening. We will push the buttons to ensure that all these issues that come up will be addressed. We must test the law.”
(Left to Right) Master of Ceremonies – Mr. Osmond Annum, Mr George Kumi Kyeremeh – Chief Nursing officer, Rep. Ministry of Health, Chairman – Mr Andrew Okaikoi, Chairman, National Council for Persons with Disability, Prof Afua A. J. Hesse –Director of Medical Affairs, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr Badoe – Dr Emmanuel V. Badoe, Director, Neurology Developmental Clinic, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Mr Gaetan C. Adangabey – Chief Physiotherapist and Head of Physio Dept. Ridge Hospital.