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PWDs in Amolatar Demand Involvement in COVID-19 Fight

David Okello, the District Chairperson Disability Union, says that he visited one of the families in Namasale where all its five members are deaf and realized they are ignorant about COVID-19 and preventive measures.

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Persons living with disabilities in Amolatar district have accused the District COVID- 19 task force of not involving them in the fight against the virus.  They also argue that the PWDs are not represented on the task force.

Moses Okot, Chairperson District Disability Council says that during sensitization, the deaf are not informed about the measures put in place to combat the virus due to lack of sign language interpreters.

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David Okello, the District Chairperson Disability Union, says that he visited one of the families in Namasale where all its five members are deaf and realized they are ignorant about COVID-19 and the preventive measures.

But Lillian Eyal, the Resident District Commissioner Amolatar who is also the chairperson of the task force says that there are many members on the task force and more members can't be added on the task force.

‘’The guidelines talk about 30 people but we have 70 on the task force which is way past the required number,” Eyal said.

Dr Simon Aliga the District Health Officer says they are yet to map out the number of PWDs especially the deaf in every sub-county so that they can be mobilized for sensitization.

Amolatar District has around 28, 023 PWDS with the majority of them being blind and the deaf as per the records at the Disability Union.

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