SPECIAL Adviser to Anambra State Governor on Disability Matters, Chuks Ezewuzie has said that the relaxation of lockdown on COVID-19 pandemic did not mean that the disease was 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 social and improvements in economic well-being of Ndi Anambra.’’
Mr Ezewuzie said this while delivering his welcome adress during the inauguration of Disability Community COVID-19 Response Team on Wednesday, at the Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka.
He explained that the Government of Anambra State was aware of the various challenges faced by the disability community with regards to adherence to the stipulated guidelines of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
According to him, it is on account of this that Gov. Willie Obiano approved the 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 said that team would co-ordinate, take instructions from the State COVID-19 Action Committee.
Ezewuzie also explained that the team would have steering committee 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, Special Adviser to Governor Obiano on Indigenous Medicine and member, State Action Committee on COVID-19, Dr Ibezim 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 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; deliver and meet up with all the objectives and policies of the state action committee.”