VOICE OF THE VULNERABLES VISITED AND SUPPORTTED THE CHESHIRE HOME (24TH APRIL, 2020).
ITEMS DONATED ARE AS FOLLOWS
2 BAGS OF RICE (5KG), 2 BAGS OF BEANS (5KG), 2 BAGS OF GARRI (5KG), 2 CARTOONS OF INDOMIE, 2 BOTTLES OF VEGETABLE OIL, 2 CARTOONS OF BOTTLE WATER, 3 PACKS OF SALT, 10 PLATES OF CHINCHIN (BY ESTY CHINCHIN), 1 CARTOON OF TASTY TOM TOMATOES.
Amb. Smith Nwokocha (Initiator of the Project-Voice of Vulnerable); Address Speech: My happiness is that we have not lost the humanity tied to people with vulnerability. If we design for the disabled people, it will benefit all of us. There is a greater voice of awareness for the disabled. Unfortunately, people tend to forget the vulnerable population, but we didn’t forget the disabled community.
Mrs. Stella Gbobo (Matron of Cheshire Home) appreciated and welcome members of the Vulnerable Team.
A MEDICAL PRACTITIONER (Miss. Ibiwari); share some insights on COVID-19. Corona virus can be contacted from an infected person through droplet, by touching your nose, mouth, eyes and it goes through the lungs. Symptoms include; coughing, sneezing and difficulty in breathing. She advised such person to call NCDC so they can be quarantined to avoid spread. Number one point of spreading is through the hands. She emphasized that washing of hands regularly and avoid handshaking. She also demonstrated how hand sanitizers should be used and same is applicable with washing of hands with soap and water. Washing of hands, should last at least 20 seconds.
A PASSIONATE MEDICAL DOCTOR (Dr. Grace); She further emphasized, that if an infected person with coughing and sneezing symptoms, coughs, the virus can be contacted, including through salivating and droplets from an infected person. She advised that “Social Distancing and Alcohol based Hand-Sanitizers” can only be used in the absence of Soap and running water. Avoid touching surfaces of objects and regularly, clean and disinfect surfaces of object. “Mask” is not comfortable to wear regularly but can be used when there is a suspected case and when there is a sick person around at this time. Living a Healthy Life-style matters, eat well and healthy, drink lots of water regularly (at least three times a daily). Sleep when necessary and always move around. “A STRONG IMMUNE SYSTEM CAN FIGHT THE VIRUS ON ITS OWN”. If you have symptoms, let someone know early and call NCDC to avoid spreading. For now, there is no vaccine for corona virus and what is being done, is to fight the virus, hence, it is very important to avoid it and stay safe.
WORLD PARALYTIC CHAMPION ABUJA 2020 (Miss Esther Ogechi Benson): She talked on “Corona-Virus and Sports”. Virus is the smallest organism that can’t be seen with our physical eyes. The physically challenged are at the highest risk of contracting the virus, because they craw to get things and might forget to disinfect the surface of the object. She advised the physically challenged, that they should be mindful of how, what and where they touch or go and the people, they have handshake with. Sport is simply keeping the body soul active. Sports boost the immune system and for the special people, they don’t need to visit the gym to exercise, you can exercise right in your premise. “In every DISABILITY, there is THIS ABILITY”. She further advised, that they should find something doing and not to depend on anybody for survival. She shared her story; she started sporting in 2016 and won her first Medal, eight months after, she won another Medal. In 2018 and 2019, she won another Medal and in year 2020, she won and became the World Paralytic Champion, Abuja, 2020. She wasn’t born crippled, but encountered it at the age of eight, she was neglected, however, she challenged life and with the courage from her Mum, she became unstoppable. Today, she is a Sport Champion and challenged the Special ones there, not to give up on their dreams, and she will be coming from time to encourage and train with them.
AN SDG ADVOCATE (Evelyn Williams); she talked about God’s love for humanity and that, prayer is so essential now than ever.
FEEDBACKS FROM THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED
Miss Ann Mark; physically challenged and resident of the Cheshire Home, she appreciated the Team of the Voice of Vulnerable, but express deep concern on they are neglected by the Society.
Mr. Onengiye; physically challenged and resident. He shared his fears about the COVID-19 and how the fear has been eradicated due to the sensitization.
Mr. Ifeanyi Jacob; physically challenged, he mentioned, how Miss Esther motivated him to go into Sport and he is hopeful to make it some day in life.