Electricity Regulatory Authority staff have delivered posho worth Shs 10m to the National Covid-19 response task force to be distributed to persons living with disabilities.
ERA Spokesperson Julius Wandera told ChimpReports the “money was raised among the staff of ERA using their WhatsApp platform.”
The handover of the posho to the Covid-19 task-force chairperson was this week witnessed by the chairman of the National union of persons living with disabilities Mr Edson Ngirabakunzi.
The money procured 4.5 tons of maize flour.
“We chose persons living with disabilities because since the lockdown was first announced, we have been reading and watching media reports about persons living with disabilities struggling to have a regular meal,” said Wandera.
“There are over 14 groups of national disability associations in Uganda United under NUDIP,” he added.
In Uganda, it is estimated that 12 percent of the population has some form of disability.
Data collected by the Ugandan Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) shows that persons with disabilities are often poorer than non-disabled.
World Health Organisation (WHO) recently said actions need to be taken to ensure that people with disability can always access the health-care services and public health information they require, including during the COVID-19 outbreak.
People with disability may be at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 because of barriers to implementing basic hygiene measures, such as hand-washing (e.g. hand basins or sinks may be physically inaccessible, or a person may have physical difficulty rubbing their hands together thoroughly); difficulty in enacting social distancing because of additional support needs or because they are institutionalized; the need to touch things to obtain information from the environment or for physical support; and barriers to accessing public health information.
Depending on underlying health conditions, people with disability may be at greater risk of developing more severe cases of COVID-19 if they become infected.
This may be because of COVID-19 exacerbating existing health conditions, particularly those related to respiratory function, immune system function, heart disease or diabetes.
People with disability may also be disproportionately impacted by the outbreak because of serious disruptions to the services they rely on.
The barriers experienced by people with disability can be reduced if key stakeholders, such as ERA and other corporate institutions, take appropriate action.