By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
As parts of measures to mitigate the effect of CoronaVirus pandemic, Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in Akwa Ibom State have appealed to the state government to be included in palliatiaves distribution and information management of the disease.
This was contained in a new COVID-19 survey report on PwDs in Akwa Ibom signed by the Executive Director of Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), Mr. David Anyaele.
The survey report which has the theme: “A Rapid Assessment of the Effectiveness of Government Covid-19 Communication and Palliative Distribution Strategies”, was issued via virtual meeting in Uyo.
According to the survey, samples were administered on 623 respondents across the 31 Local Government Areas of the state.
“This survey was designed and implemented to assess the effectiveness of the Information, Education, Communication and palliative models in five States, namely Akwa Ibom, Enugu States, Lagos, Kaduna and Kano.
“It was a cross-sectional survey guided by the snowball and accidental sampling strategies to arrive at the following key findings.
“PwDs demonstrated extensive knowledge of the range of measures to prevent being infected by the disease.
“The PwDs knowledge was not matched with the requisite attitudes to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
“There are major gaps in knowledge as PwDs still reported that people can be infected by the Coronavirus through the eyes and ears,” it stated.
The survey on palliative in Akwa Ibom revealed that about 30 per cent of persons with disabilities were able to get government palliative.
The survey added that even those who received, were only given one item out of the numerous items distributed as palliative by the state government.
“Handfuls of PwDs were invited to participate as beneficiaries of the palliatives that were distributed by the government at various level and several private sector stakeholders.
“PwDs reported that the strategy for distribution of palliatives was poor but the process should be improved upon.
“The project highlighted the urgent need for expansion of the Covid-19 palliatives support to include more PwDs in Akwa Ibom State,” it stated.
It called for improvement in the process of communicating to the beneficiaries by involving the local PwDs leaders across the 31 LGAs in the process.