Anambra inaugurates Disability Community COVID-19 Response Team, first in Nigeria

Awka- Special Adviser to Anambra State Governor on Disability Matters, Mr Chuks Ezewuzie says the relaxation of lockdown on COVID-19 pandemic does not mean that the disease is over in Anambra State.

“The relaxation of the lockdown does not mean that the battle for COVID-19 is over, but rather it calls for intensified efforts at keeping in view the improvements in economic well-being of Ndi-Anambra.’’

Mr Ezewuzie said this while delivering his welcome address during the inauguration of the committee on My 13, at the Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka.

He explained that the government of Anambra was aware of the various challenges faced by the disability community with regards to adherence to stipulated guidelines from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

According to him, it is on account of this that Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra approved inauguration of the committee to evolve their strategy for curbing the spread of the pandemic.

“Anambra is the first and only state to approve, form and inaugurate a Disability Community COVID-19 Response Team, just like it did with the Disability Rights Law,’’ said Ezewuzie, a lawyer.

He pledged that team would co ordinate but take instructions from the State COVID-19 Action Committee.

Ezewuzie also explained that the team would have Steering Committee along with six sub-committees comprising, Information and Communication; Medical Outreach and Rehabilitation; Palliative and Welfare; Contact and Mobilisation; Fund Raising; Security and Statistics.

In his remarks, Dr. Onyeka Ibezim, Special Adviser to Governor on Indigenous Medicine and Member, State Action Committee on COVID-19 sensitised the team on the programmes and policies of the Action Committee.

“Coronavirus is real. We are now at the level of dealing in community transmission. So, I urge you all to put your best in enlightening the masses especially those in rural areas about this pandemic.’’

Dr Ibezim, also expressed satisfaction at the Terms of Reference (TOR), made available by Mr Ezewuzie and his team, while declaring the Response Team as officially inaugurated.

Permanent Secretary, in the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Dr Dan Ezeanwu and Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Governor on Power and Utility, Dr Victor Meju applauded the creation of the office for Persons with Disability.

“I thank Government for its magnanimity toward the Disability Community at large.’’

The chairman of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disability (JONAPWD) Mr Ugochukwu Okeke commended Mr Ezewuzie for initiating formation of the Team.

“I and my entire team pledge to serve and meet up with all the objectives and policies of the State Action Committee.’’

Source: Anambra State Government