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CITAD Raises Concern Over the Plight of PWDs in Isolation Centres

The Centre for Information Technology and Development, CITAD , a Non-Governmental Organization in Bauchi has raised concerned over the flight of People with Disabilities, PWDs in the isolation centres spread across the state.

In a statement signed by the Acting Programme Coordinator, Isah Garba Azare issued to Newsmen in Bauchi on Wednesday.

He said ” There are currently no care guidelines for the PWDs and their aides in the centres which will make their aides more vulnerable to infections”..
The centre allerged corruption among health workers managing testing and issuance of results.

” There alleged elements of corruption in the testing and issuance of result of samples, that is characterized by a differential in which those those with money or connection will have their sample taken and result returned within 24 hours while for the ordinary people, it takes sometimes a week before the result is returned”.

Mr. Azare further raised concerned on sanitary conditions of the isolation centres, hence the need for improvement.

” In our previous report we raised observation on the status of the isolation centres in state especially that of Bayara and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospitals.

These problems are still there unaddressed. The problems include: Poor health workers – patients relationship. The condition of some of the centres without basic hygiene such as, portable drinking water and good sanitation.
Ensure that the centres are fully equipped to meet the purpose they are set for.
Reorient the health workers in the centre on patient – staff relationship and ways of managing patients in trauma as such”.

He called on the state government has to revisit the total lockdown in 3 local government of Giade, Zaki and Katagum so as to give room for essential services.

” The state government should revisit the total lock down in the 3 local governments and give room for essential services.

The committee to find a way of addressing the problem of the irrigation farmers in the affected local governments to avoid lost of food and economic damage”.

The statement further reads ” The committee on palliative should with immediate effect swing in to action in the affected areas to ease the sufferings brought by the lock down and support the citizens to effectively follow the order”.

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