People With Disabilities Bemoan Lack of Inclusion In COVID-19 Fight

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Persons with disabilities in the country have described councils failure to incorporate them in COVID-19 fight as retrogressive in the fight against the global pandemic.
Federation of Disability Organizations in Malawi Karonga Chapter Chairperson Noah Simwaka said it is pathetic to note that persons with disabilities continue to be sidelined in Coronavirus related interventions.
Simwaka notes that most councils are not reaching people with disabilities with the needed information let alone include them in various interventions in the fight.
"Lack of knowledge on the pandemic leaves people with disabilities prone to contracting the virus. The information out there is not accessible by everyone,"
On his part, FEDOMA District Coordinator for Dedza Amos Phiri said the fight against the deadly pandemic will be meaningless if the marginalized communities continue to be left in the cold.
"We implore councils and stakeholders implementing Coronavirus related interventions to incorporate persons with disabilities in their programs," said Phiri.
District Commissioner for Karonga Paul Kalilombe acknowledged receipt of similar complaints by representatives of the blind and youths on their exclusion from the programs.
Karonga District Council has so far received 35 Million Kwacha out of the proposed budget of 192 Million Kwacha.
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Last modified on Sunday, 07/06/2020

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