Mind, involve disabled during Covid-19 pandemic

A person with disability begging for alms on Kimathi Street in Nairobi on January 12, 2018. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Many persons with disability live in overcrowded residential areas in informal urban settings, where they face neglect, abuse and inadequate healthcare.

  • The government should urgently identify and attend to such people, many of whom have secondary conditions that make them more vulnerable.

  • Without swift action by the government to include persons with disability in the Covid-19 response, they’ll remain at high risk of infection and death.

The Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disability and the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General on Disability and Accessibility have called for inclusion and the effective participation of all persons with disability in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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