A group, Centre for Citizens with Disabilities, CCD, has claimed that 100 per cent of all the People Living With Disabilities, PWDs, head clusters in Lagos indicated that none of them has been engaged or involved in any of the COVID-19 vaccine amid third wave, despite several interventions by the state government.
Executive Director of CCD, David Anyaele, stated this on Thursday, during a public presentation of a Report on Access to COVID-19 vaccine among PWDS in Lagos, held in Ikeja, G.R.A.
Anyaele, explained that the claim was based on research findings by the group in collaboration with Ford Foundation, a Non Governmental Organsisation, NGO.
According to him PWDs in Nigeria are facing a plethora of challenges that often undermine their access to social and health care services, adding that World Health Organization, WHO, 2011, report shows that there are over 25 million PWDS in Nigeria, with approximately 3.6 million of them having very signiﬁcant diﬃculties in functioning.
PHCB should decentralise the COVID-19 vaccine centres across all councils to enhance proximity and access to the vaccine for PWDs in Lagos.
“The Ministry of Information should collaborate with the Ministry of Health and LASODA to roll out an inclusive information , education and communication pro g r a m m e o n access t o C O V I D – 1 9 v a c c i n e administration targeting all clusters of PWDs in Lagos State.