COVID-19 education highly needed for PWDs ahead of general elections

11Jul 2020
James Lanka
Kilimanjaro
The Guardian
COVID-19 education highly needed for PWDs ahead of general elections

​​​​​​​PEOPLE with different disabilities particularly with spinal cord injuries in Kilimanjaro region have appealed for more training on the outbreak of COVID-19 and how to protect themselves from the pandemic due to their disabilities.

Faustina Urassa.

They also appealed to the government to improve infrastructures in the voting stations ahead of the October general elections so that they can be able to participate fully in the crucial voting event.

Speaking with this paper in an exclusive interview during a special training on how to prevent the spreading of the COVID-19 to the people with disabilities organised by the non-profit making organisation called Songambele Initiative Organisation, the founder and Director of the organisation, Faustina Urassa explained that, people with different disabilities are at high risk of COVID-19 spreading due to their disabilities.

Urassa who is also a victim of spinal cord injuries further explained that, sometimes there are some people who help them to pull their wheelchairs from one place to another, the situation that keeps them at high risk of being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic spreading.

Meanwhile, Urassa appealed to the government to improve infrastructures in the voting stations ahead of the October general elections so that they can be able to participate fully in the crucial voting event.

“As you know we are going to have general elections in October this year, my appeal to my fellow people with different disabilities is to participate fully the crucial voting event as well as vying for various positions,” she insisted.

For his part, the district coordinator of non-government organisations from Moshi district council, Penison Lema applauded the role played by Community-based organisations (CBOs), Non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and the Faith-based organisations (FBOs) in various community development projects.

“You are doing a very laudable work in various community development projects, my appeal to you is to abide with the institutions that govern your non-governmental organisations to avoid unnecessary contradictions with government,” he advised.

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