….Donates 70 Limbs Prosthesis to Limbless children, others
By Henry Daniel
The Irede Foundation has called on the federal government of Nigeria to put machineries in place for the enforcement of Discrimination Against Persons With Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018. The Executive Director of the Foundation, Crystal Chigbu made this call yesterday in Lagos at the Limb Loss & Limb Difference Awareness celebrated every April.
Addressing newsmen, the Executive Director alerted that the level of discrimination and stigmatization against limbless persons and people with disabilities in the society is becoming unbecoming, calling on every State of the federation to domesticate the National Prohibition Act by ensuring that such persons are not denied social Rights and privileges as it is today.
According to her, it’s a sin against humanity and divinity for anyone to discriminate or show any sign of relegation on persons without Limbs or any other form of disability anywhere in the world, and such act must be condemned.
“I set up Irede Foundation out of passion to give hope to persons with limbs challenges, following the ugly experience of my daughter. Since 2012, we have been given over 186 Prosthesis Limbs, but this year, we are giving 70 Prosthesis Limbs to those who need it.
“We want them to know that disability is thing of the mind. There is no limitations with limbless. We want the States and federal government to enforce this law especially on schools and other public institutions that rejects and discriminate against Persons without Limbs and people with disabilities,”
Chigbu warned against self medication and use of unprofessional bone -setters to address fractional and bone challenges in case of accidents. “We must be very careful how we handle accidents that involves infractions and bone damage to avoid total loss. We advice that traditional bone setters should be trained and equipped. But it’s better we go to Orthopedic hospitals for proper diagnosis.
She added that persons suffering from diabetes, cancer and other congenital deformities should tackle it head-on to avoid Metamorphoses into worst case scenario. While people confess Divine healing, they should also see the need to consult the appropriate medical doctors. We call on all and Sundry to Join our advocacy program and campaign: “Out On A Limb” to gather momentum to give these fellows hope to live even to lead,” she implored.
A beneficiary of the Foundation, Seun Ayideji, said she was depressed ab initio, but she encouraged herself coupled with support from well meaning Nigerians. “I’m used to the pains, I don’t count it anymore, I have a bright future and desire to be a manager of similar outfit. I’m happier seeing children without Limbs jumping and playing, it makes me stronger,” she added.