Chief Executive Officer of the Beautiful Gate Handicapped People Centre, Jos, Plateau state Ayuba Gufwan has called on the government to support and pay maximum attention towards addressing the needs of Polio survivors in Nigeria.
Gufwan, a polio survivor, made the plea in commemoration of the 2022 World Polio Day in Jos, with the theme: ”World Polio Day 2022 and Beyond: A healthier future for mothers and children”.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Centre, who is also the Special Adviser on Disability to Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state lauded the government’s efforts towards eradicating polio, but lamented the neglect of the survivors.
He also applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for assenting to the Disability Bill, but noted that more was needed to be done to rehabilitate polio survivors in the country.
Gufwan also advised the government at all levels to deploy the approach it used in tackling polio in the country to fight other diseases confronting the nation.
He however urged parents to ensure their children were regularly immunised against polio, adding that those whose children have survived the disease should provide care by ensuring they go to school or learn a trade.