By Auta Obadiah Dauda
Participants at today’s virtual meeting of the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) have said that money in cash is one of the major spread of Coronavirus.
They urged Nigerians to obey protocol in handling cash amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.
Also, participants narrated their experiences on the menace of corruption in the country in the virtual meeting organised for Kano and Kaduna heads of clusters.
They expressed worry that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is yet to inform Nigerians the total number of PLWDA that have contracted Coronavirus.
The meeting had in attendance different associations of people living with disabilities.
The meeting was for both Kano and Kaduna and hard a resource person, Dr Ejike Orji in attendance.
Speaking, the Executive Director of CCD, David O. Anyaele, appreciated their partners, Action Aid and funder, UKAID for the support.
“This event is part of our response on Covid-19 pandemic and persons with disabilities in our project State on Strengthening Citizens Resistance against Prevalence of Corruption (SCRAP-C) in Enugu, Akwa-Ibom, Kano, Kaduna, and Lagos States. The goal to increase citizen’s capacity to resist and fight acts of corruption”.
“This Covid-19 response is to enhance Covid-19 behavioural change among Nigerians especially people with disabilities as the virus does not discriminate.”
“The panic created by the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the world starting from Wuhan, China led to total lock dawn of nations leading to stay at home for more than 4.5 billion persons worldwide. As at today, there is 5,868,939 confirmed cases and 355,951 deaths worldwide. Here in Nigeria, 8,915 confirmed cases with 259 deaths.”
Anyaele said when disaster occur, the persons with disabilities bears the greatest pains and suffering arising from it adding that the total lockdown in Nigeria affected the PLWDAs with many of them left out of support.
“We are also concerned that guidelines on ease of lockdown for different sector of economy and social sectors are silent on measures to improve equal opportunities for persons with disability.
“Therefore, as leaders of persons with disabilities, it becomes imperative for us to deepen our knowledge on Covid-19 in order to guide our response to our clusters and communities,” Anyaele said.
The resource person who is also the Chairman, Medical Sub Committee, FCT Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee On Covid-19, Dr Ejike Orji, advised Nigerians to take signs and advices concerning Coronavirus seriously.
Orji, during his presentation, highlighted four approaches to overcoming the virus.
“One must look at the virus and tell it: I don’t understanding you,” Orji said adding, “In doing so, you won’t become familiar with the virus.
“Secondly, one must take the signs and information about the disease serious,” Orji disclosed, stating that one must apply common sense and follow all the preventive measures with all seriousness.
Addressing questions raised by participants, Orji said prolong use of facemask is not advisable and should only be encouraged when one is not sure of prevention or when one fears been exposed.
He said exchange of cash is one of the means of transmission of Coronavirus and advice that all prevention measures should be apply when handling cash including the application of sanitizer.
For person with spinal cord injuries or those who uses wheel chairs, Orji said the compulsory use of facemask and frequent washing of hands is what they should be doing.
He also encourage the consumption of food that boost immunity but dismissed the allegation that Gaelic and Ginger cure Covid -19.
“Scientifically, it is not proven,” Orji said of the Garlic and Ginger intake.
“But anything you can consume to boost your immune system, please go ahead,” Oji said while calling on governments at the state and federal levels to apply disability sensitive approach in community mobilization and sensitization on Covid-19.