Buliisa politician urges PWDs to guard against Covid-19

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A man with disability from Oyam District being lifted to a wheel chair in Lira Town last year. Credit: TND News

Persons with disabilities (PWDs) have been urged to continue observing precautionary measures to avoid catching Covid-19 that is ravaging the globe.

Mr Julius Manyireki, the Buliisa district councillor for PWDs, reminded the PWDs to sanitise or wash their hands with water and soap, observe social distancing and staying home as some of the measures laid down by the Ministry of Health to stop the spread of the virus.

Speaking to our reporter, Mr Manyireki said currently there is no any cure for the virus, thus, a need to observe the set guidelines and standard operation procedures for the PWDs and the entire communities’ good health.

He urged the government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to support the PWDs saying they are most vulnerable.

Persons With Disabilities, according to the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of PWDs include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.

A girl with disability in a wheel chair in Uganda.

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