March 1, 2021

Persons with disabilities terminologies need continuous sensitizations

A clerk in the office of Inkosi Mponela in Dowa district, Yona Misholo, has called on the Malawi Council for the Handicapped [MACOHA] to have continuous sensitization messages on terminologies for Persons with Disabilities so that their rights are not infringed upon by people calling them names.

Misholo observed that many people are not aware that calling such such names referring to Persons with Disabilities is an offence punishable by law, saying this can be good for all people to be reached out with the rightful terminologies for persons with disabilities so that they should not suffer exclusions.

He expressed hope that donors will fund MACOHA for such activity in order to reach out to many Malawians with one message hence calling for the need for continuous sensitizations of terminologies for persons with disabilities.

Speaking during a Covid-19 meeting with stakeholders organized by MACOH A held at Mponela in the district, Misholo called upon all the stakeholders to disseminate the message about the second wave of Covid-19 which is deadly than the first wave saying as evidenced with increasing number of confirmed cases that are being registered, many people in Malawi will be affected.

He said Covid-19 is real and there is a great need to follow all the precautionary measures to prevent the further spread of the virus in the district, encouraging Area Development Committees [ADC] to hold meetings with Village Development Committees [VDC] who in turn would go to their respective subjects to continue washing hands with soap, social distancing and wearing of face masks.

…”Let all those that were thinking that Covid -19 is over be reminded that the second wave of Covid-19 is being observed with high figures recorded per day in all  health facilities across the country, figures are alarming  totally different from the first Covid -19,’’……said Misholo.

Misholo called upon all stakeholders to work together as a team so that they fight against the pandemic by preventing themselves, their families and their communities.

In his remarks, MACOHA Dowa District Project Supervisor, Billy Maupa, expressed hope that the message will reach out to all including the hard to reach areas of the district, expressing optimistic that the Area Development Committees of Inkosi Mponela will deliver the second wave of Covid-19 messages in the interest of all.

Billy Ali Maupa: Persons with disabilities have to protect themselves from Covid-19 while getting assistance from people

Maupa said the Covid-19 messages have considered one group of people left out in the sensitization messages for Persons with disabilities, the Deaf, saying it find  important  to take with them, Braille and Sign Language interpretor, Bettie Wisiki Kalitera to interprete to them what is being discussed at the meeting so that persons with disabilities are able to prevent themselves from the pandemic while getting assistance from people.

By Vincent Gunde

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