The Association of Lawyers with Disabilities in Nigeria (ALDIN) has called on government at all levels to provide mobile clinics for disabled persons and other vulnerable groups.
A statement on Saturday in Lagos signed by Daniel Onwe and Gaius Ogah, the group’s President and Secretary respectively, said the call became necessary because persons with disability were mostly affected by the lockdown, since commercial transport operations were prohibited.
“This group of people do not have private vehicles at their disposal; what is the fate of a sickle cell patient, who develops crisis?
“What becomes the fate of a pregnant woman, who goes into labour; what happens to a person who suffers a cardiac attack, what happens to a person whose medical condition suddenly takes a dangerous trajectory, and the list can go on and on,” the statement said.
According to ALDIN, the presence of Covid-19, has not abated the occurrence of other kinds of ailment, some of which require urgent attention.
It said that the severe effect of Covid-19 on a person could be aggravated by the presence of other underlying sicknesses, hence the need to seamlessly address the situation during the lockdown.
“In the light of the foregoing, there should be in place ubiquitous mobile clinic, with toll free lines, to respond to medical distress calls.
” This is because persons with disabilities constitute a greater percentage of the poorest in the society,” the statement read.
Edited By: Joe Idika/Ifeyinwa Omowole