From Chidi Asonye, Aba
An Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Mrs Peace Amaraegulam, has encouraged Nigeria citizens to acknowledge the fact that children remain children even when they have disabilities just as she revealed that parent support group including training and education on cerebral palsy will take effect from February, 2019.
The Orthopaedic Surgeon who was speaking during the unveiling of a book titled, ‘Beauty from the Dump’ as well as the first anniversary of the Straight Child Foundation and fundraising towards the foundation’s 2019 activities, stated that the book is a preamble to the testimonies of her life, born to encourage someone to rise above disabilities even as she made case for the inclusion and improved participation of children living with disabilities in any event or programme in the state.
According to her, funds raised by the organization for 2019 will accommodate parents’ support group including training and education on Cerebral Palsy (CP), expanding the free clubfoot treatment to other States and clinics and home therapy adapted for each child, more CP chairs, orthoses and mobility aids and ability rehabilitation center.
She, therefore, solicited for more partnerships with government agencies, other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and individuals.
She disclosed that the organization in 2018 gave a chair to a CP during a parents’ forum on October 6, 2018 World CP day and that an organization – Miracle Feet, Inc. USA, supported free clubfoot treatment programme using the ponseti method in Abia state.