*Marks Word CP Day
Government has been urged to assist persons living with Cerebral Palsy in the society by providing them with means of transportation so as to enable them move freely.
Speaking during a mini walk organised by Benola Cerebral Palsy (CP) Initiative as part of their activities to mark this year’s World Cerebral Palsy Day, Deputy director of the Initiative, Dayo Gbadebo described transportation as one of the major challenges facing persons living with disability like CP.
While commending Lagos state government on their efforts towards assisting persons living with disability, he stressed the need for the state to do more by providing free buses for them.
“In my discussion with some families of persons living with disability, l discovered that means of transportation has always been a major challenge facing them. For their parents to take them to clinic is a problem because of the transport situation in the country where those who are not car owners have to struggle before they enter in to public transport. If the government at all levels can provide free buses for them, it will go a long way in alleviating the plights of the disabled and their parents.
Besides provision of free buses, both state and federal governments, corporate organisations and well- meaning Nigerians can assist the families by giving them palliatives , the cost of living is too high, provision of food stuff will also assist the families to take care of the disabled in the society,’’ Gbadebo said.
On the mini walk, he said it was part of their activities to mark this year’s World Cerebral Palsy Day as the organisation is not planning for physical celebration due to Covid -19.
Dayo also explained that the mini walk which took place at Airforce Primary School Victoria Island, Lagos featured aerobic session which aimed to keep the participants physically fit.
In addition, he affirmed that the walk also aimed to create more awareness on the CP as many parents with children living with the condition prefer to keep their children indoors.
‘’Many parents with children living with CP do not like to talk about it, let alone bringing out their children to gatherings where they will get help. It ought not to be so, the first step is to accept that there is a problem. After that, one will talk about it, by so doing, you will get to know about other families with children living with Cerebral Palsy. Interacting with such families will give one an insight on how other parents were able to manage their own situation.’’
I addition, he appealed to parents with children living with CP to involve every member of the family in taking care of the CP person, adding that such will enable the entire family to be involved in giving adequate care and attention to the person living with such condition.
“In taking care of the person with special need like CP the parents should not be the only one, they should involve other siblings.”
On his organisation which was established some years back, he said aimed to create awareness about CP adding, “Our own strategy is to raise an awareness, and build network of families and parents and children with CP, we have over a thousand parents that have reached out to us.
We are also committed to change and progress for persons living with Cerebral Palsy. We strive for their inclusion into society in order to ensure that they and those who care for them live the best possible lives under the peculiar circumstances in which they find themselves”.