The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development has began distribution of preventive materials to People Living with Disabilities (PLWDs), at the Karmajiji disabled community in Abuja.
The ministry explained that the donation is in line with the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration towards the prevention and further spread of COVID 19 in the country.
The items donated include hand sanitizers, face masks, soaps, bleach and plastic buckets.
The items were presented by the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq to the Chief of the Karmajiji Disabled Community, Alhaji Katsina, in Abuja.
In a statement released by the ministry’s Deputy Director of Information, Rhoda Iliya, the Minister said the donation was to ensure that the people of the community and other persons living with disabilities have access to sensitisation and essential items that would help prevent COVID- 19 that has spread rapidly across the world without a cure.
The minister who was represented by the Director Rehabilitation, Nkechi Onwukwe said: “It is agreed that the most effective way to contain the disease is to wash hands frequently, practice good hygiene and avoid large gatherings, by staying at home for the prescribed duration as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari in his broadcast to the nation on the disease.
“To urgently intervene and provide support for the vulnerable persons, the Ministry has swung into action to ensure that the PLWDs will receive intervention are care, we will expand our safety net programme to make sure that we raise the number of qualified beneficiaries with special needs who will receive government support”.