An NGO, Speaking Fingers Network, has called on the three tiers of government to be conscious and sensitive to the plights of People with Disabilities (PWDs) in the society.
Mrs Treasure Uchegbu, the Convener and Lead Facilitator of the organisation, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.
Uchegbu stated that she expects that in 2019, the nation’s health sector will be a sector that is fully sensitive to the plights of people with disabilities. The sector is expected to be aware, conscious and deliberate in its service delivery, policy development and implementation to deliver on key targets of Sustainable Development Goal Three (SDG3) which is to “Ensure Good Health and Well being for all at all ages.”
The convener urged governments to ensure that there was increased access, engagements and participation of young PWDs in sexual education and orientation, particularly leveraging on the existing adolescents and youth-friendly services.
She suggested that the services should be replicated in all the states where it was non-existent.
Uchegbu called on governments to invest in non-communicable health programmes and interventions such as mental and emotional health among persons with disabilities.
She said that such interventions should be made burning issues, while also extending psychiatrist and psychological services to them.
Uchegbu commended the Lagos State College of Health Technology (LASCOHET) for making sign language and disability sensitivity orientation part of its curriculum, urging other institutions in the country to do same.