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80% of PWDs lack proper care, says commission

- By Faruk Shuaibu EB

The National Commission for Persons with Disabiliti­es has decried the deplorable condition of persons living with disabiliti­es (PWDs) in the country due to lack of proper care and attention.

The Executive Secretary of the commission, James Lalu, during a working visit to the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Sustainabl­e Developmen­t Goals (SDGs), Princess Adejoke Orelope -Adefulire, yesterday in Abuja, stated that 80 percent of PWDs are in rural areas and are living in severe conditions that require prompt interventi­on.

Lalu noted that most PWDs do not have habitable homes, thus, make do with slums which worsen their health status.

While stating that lack of healthy shelter has impacted on their productivi­ty, he stressed that the 17 goals of SDG revolve around the basic needs of PWDS.

Speaking, Adefulire urged the commission to be optimistic and remain committed to the task to ease the plight of PWDs in the country.

She assured of a virile partnershi­p between the SDG and NCPWD which she said would lead to the formation of a committee that focus on a short, medium and long term plan to bring succour to the plight of PWDs.

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