Thursday, 14 May 2020

Gov Obiano Inaugurates State Disability Covid-19 Team

Ukpa Ewa | 14 May 2020

AWKA: The Government of Anambra state has restated its support to promote inclusion of persons with disability as a component in national policies and programmes while protecting their right and dignity.

The Governor of Anambra State Chief Willie Obiano  stated this yesterday while inaugurating the State Disability COVID-19 Response Team.

Addressing the disability constituency at Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development Center in Awka, the Governor represented by the Special Adviser on Disability Matters Barr. Chukwuka Ezewuzie said that the relaxation of the lockdown measures in the state does not mean a triumph over the deadly virus.

He reaffirmed that the fight against the pandemic will be intensified with recommended measures keeping in mind the economic and social wellbeing of its citizenry.

The Governor who described persons with disability as the most vulnerable group in this pandemic promised that his administration will always support them at all times while calling on the disability community to heed to  state government directives  on  COVID-19 and that of Wold Health Organization (WHO).

"The visually impaired will need someone to lead them around, the deaf will need an interpreter, the physically challenged will need someone to push the wheel chair. The social distancing that is right now the only solution against the spread of the virus presents a big challenge to persons with disability."

Inaugurating the committee, a member of the state action committee against COVID-19 who doubles as a Special Adviser to the Governor on Indigenous Medicine and Herbal Practice Dr. Onyeka Ibezim advised the newly inaugurated committee to use the working document as outlined in discharging their duties.

Speaking further, Ibezim reminded the committee that it was their mandate to ensure that persons with disability in the state were well informed and participate actively in all activities towards the fight against Corona Virus for the betterment of disability community in Anambra State.

In his acceptance speech, the chairman of the Steering Committee Comrade Ugochukwu Okeke on behalf of his team appreciated the Governor for finding them worthy to serve the state in this capacity.

He pledged to discharge his duty with honesty and commitment.

The team comprises of a steering committee, information and communication committee, medical outreach and rehabilitation committee, palliative and welfare committee, contact and mobilization committee, fund raising committee and security and statistics committee.

In attendance were the Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Women and Children Affairs Mr. Daniel Ezeanwu, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Power and Utility Engr. Victor Meju and Special Assistant to the Governor on Sign Language Mr. Joseph Collins.