By Chuks Oyema-Aziken
A Non-governmental organisation, The Engraced Ones has highlighted the need for adequate attention for people, especially children with special needs.
The group made this known during a Prayer, Praise and Advocacy Walk in commemoration of World Cerebral Palsy Day in Abuja recently.
The Engraced Ones is a Prayer Support and Advocacy Initiative which is comprised of men and women who are passionate about children with special needs.
The group is not a Church but an Interdenominational Faith based organisation where members share their burdens concerning their children.
The organisation of about four years old focuses on young people living with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Visual Impairment, Epilepsy, Dyslexia and lots more.
During the walk in Apo area of Abuja, members of the group carried placards, with inscriptions such as ‘Stop discriminating our children’, “WeWantInclusiveEducation”, #Disability is simply Perception #.
Convener of the group Mrs. Biboara Yinkere stressed need for government to give adequate attention to this group of people. She calls for a social welfare and scheme to make life easy for affected persons and their families.
“It is very expensive to maintain. Cerebral palsy has its peculiarities. They need all types of therapy, sometimes about eight therapies for a child. They need basic education to align to the society. She said some of the conditions are caused by human error, by medical practitioners and parents.
“Doctors need to observe pregnant women very well to know the true state of the baby. We also observe that some women who are due for Cesarean operation will be going around. This can lead to brain damage. Pregnant women should listen to advice of the doctors. They should also avoid alcohol.
Mrs. Nifemi Ajeleye, a psychologist and special educator who was part of the walk traced the ailment to avoidable circumstances.
“Women should avoid prolonged labour and jaundice. We encourage pregnant women to take folic acid and regularly visit hospitals for check-up.’’