The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities(CCD) has called for more expansion of the covid -19 palliatives in Lagos ,Akwa Ibom, Enugu, Kano and Kaduna State to include more person’s living with Disabilities(PWDs).
The Centre made the call today in a press briefing organized online tagged ” A Rapid Assessment of the Effectiveness of government covid-19 Communication and Palliatives Distribution Strategies”
Mr David O. Anyaele the executive director of CCD, said the centre designed the survey in other to access the Effectiveness of the IEC and Palliatives model in five state of the Scrap -C Campaign of the upright for Nigeria states, Which include Lagos ,Enugu, Kano, Kaduna And Akwa Ibom respectively.
He said it became necessary to carry out this Survey in all the five states of the Scrap -C Campaign State as PWDs were seeing on TV and Radio calling for palliatives and the Minister for Humanitarian affairs insisting almost everyone in Nigeria got the palliatives.
“COVID-19 First appeared in Nigeria 27 February 2020 and since health sector stakeholders ,led by the federal government of Nigeria(FGN) have deployed three strategies consisting of medical , information, education and communication (IEC) and the Palliatives models to control it’s Spread”
“This Survey was designed and implemented to access the Effectiveness of the IEC and Palliatives as regards to PWDs”
Speaking Further Anyaele said while the survey showed there is excellent awareness on the COVID-19 and the NCDC among the PWDs
As most information on the COVID-19 Pandemic were obtained from the TV , Radio ,Faith based organization in the five States.
The report showed also that handful of PWDs were invited to participate as beneficiaries of the palliatives that were distributed by the government in various level and several private sector stakeholders.
While poverty was also a concern as many PWDs from the report were seen not to have access to the preventive measures put in place .
Also from the survey PWDs were not carried along in the testing of COVID-19.
The report also reveals that the method use in the distribution of Palliatives wasn’t friendly for the PWDs .
Further more the centre made recommendations as follows;
1- IEC Strategies that are sensitive to the blind, deaf and physically challenged Should be adopted to educate PWDs ,they should be trained and involved in delivering the information to them through :
a-Braille for the blind
b-Sign Language interpreters for the deaf and
c- Bold prints for person’s with albinism
2-Provision should be made for the screening of PWDs for COVID-19 so that those infected can benefit from the treatment by government.
3- Identify and train trainers and support them with necessary logistics to step down training to members of their community or Cluster.
4-Improvement in the Palliatives Distribution by the inclusion of PWDs in the Process.
5- Improvement in the process of communication to the beneficiaries of palliatives by involving the local PWD leaders Leaders in the process .
6-There is Need to re-design the administrative components of the COVID-19 Palliatives Support scheme with a view to effectively covering more PWDs as beneficiaries before they are compelled to adopt survival behaviours that are capable of undermining government efforts at controlling spread of the disease , Which might be costlier.
7- National and start disabilities law should be leverage on to enhance participation of PWDs in the distribution.
8- Laws with a regulatory mechanism to address emergencies situation as it affects PWDs
The press briefing had press men both from print and online newspaper, sign language interpreters , leaders of PWDs that were interviewed i.e the blind, the physically Challenged and the blind all in attendance
CCD as an NGO for the PWDs has been in collaboration with the UKAID, ActionAid in the Strengthening Citizens Resistance Against Prevalence of Corruption (SCRAP-C) in Nigeria.