The Federation of Disability Organizations in Malawi (Fedoma) says persons with disabilities need more support from government to effectively fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
FEDOMA Executive Director Symon Munde, has made the appeal following the sudden surge of COVID–19 cases in the country which are rising alarmingly.
Munde says as an organization they have instituted precautionary measures to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Munde said: “As an organization ourselves we have engaged in training some of our leaders at district level so that they may be equipped to support persons with disabilities at district level.
We are also making some efforts to ensure that everyone who comes to our office is also protected from the virus we are providing masks, we have and sanitizers and we have also reduced the number of people that gather.”
However, he has stated that this is not enough and that there is still need for more support from government to ensure more people with disabilities are protected from the virus.
“We have had some interactions with the presidential taskforce on COVID–19 face to face and other channels and we are hoping that with this second wave this will continue so that persons with disabilities are safe and are assisted accordingly,” said Munde.