Just when a disabled Member of Parliament has proposed a private member Bill on persons with disabilities, a disabled organization has begged government for implementation should the bill be passed in Parliament.
Abdul Thomas Sesay is the Chairman for the Handicap youths organization on 15 Ecowas street in an interview yesterday with Awoko he said that the proposed bill will be beneficial to all disabled in the country but feared that for it to have its proper effects, government should ensure its implementation.
He said the bill spoke of equality and right to education which he said they were happy about and many others that will make them feel like human beings.
Abdul stated that the disabled were in dire need of facilities like access to government buildings and other institutions that is hampering the success of the disabled seeking higher education.
On how they presently do in the areas of health service, he said that the sick were taken care of by the disabled groups if not “when they visit the hospital like Conaught they are first asked to pay consultation fees and later the fees for the treatment. It was as a result of that we have lost six of our colleagues because of lack of funds to pay their medical bills” he said.
He also described the deplorable condition in which the disabled were living in terms of housing facilities citing that many of their colleagues sleep in the cold at night on bare floor along Wilberforce Street and without blankets.
“We are begging government that our suffering is too much we are looking up to government to be ready to implement the disabled law after it will have been ratified” Abdul begged.
By Ishmael Bayoh