Bhubaneswar: NYDHEE with support from GOONJ, a national level voluntary organisation is undertaking relief activities for vulnerable individuals and groups in Bhubaneswar in the view of coronavirus pandemic. As persons with disabilities have increased risk for exposure, complications, and death in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the volunteers of NYDHEE reached out to several persons with disabilities in Bhubaneswar with essential relief support.
Among the most vulnerable groups , “due to limited resources, we are especially targeting mostly daily wage labourers, migrant brick kilns workers, differently abled person(PWDs), Transgender community members and street children in our relief operation, “ Prasant Muduli, secretary of NYDHEE who oversee the organisation’s relief activities shared. In last 2 days, NYDHEE had provided dry ration kits and sanitation materials to 40 PWDs those are living in Pallaspalli, Vimatangi and Kapilaprasad of Bhubaneswar. They were also proved several tips for effectively managing the current health emergency situation.
Speaking on the need of PWDs in current situation, the representatives of GOONJ, Mr Suresh said that the persons with disabilities are among the most marginalised in society and hard realities of the coronavirus pandemic are hard enough and especially dangerous for people with disabilities. The coronavirus outbreak is not only threatening their health but also disrupting their access to various facilities. Most of them find harder to follow general recommendations that essential for curbing the spread of coronavirus and for many disabled people, even some of the simplest steps are harder to do, like washing hands. They are also with limited options for isolating themselves for their own protection. So now is the time, government and humanitarian agencies should take special steps and care of PWDs in their COVID-19 response programme.