Killing of Children with Celebral Palsy on the Increase In Nigeria

A group, the SEEDOO Initiative for children with special needs, has raised the alarm over the increasing spate of killing of children with Celebral Palsy in the Nigeria, ThisDay, reports

Celebral palsy is a congenital impairment that leads to brain damage or partial development of the brain, which often result to breakdown of the nerves and their functions.

Founder of the group, Mrs. Kawan Aondofa Anjira told journalists in Abuja that high cases of killing of children with celebral palsy remain on the increase, she called for drastic action by government to protect such children’s rights.

She said: “Children born with celebral palsy deserve the right to life, because these kids are being killed everyday. They deserve the right to education; look at the classrooms, most of the classrooms cannot take these children, they also deserve the right to good health.”

Citing an example, Anjira explained that Tersoo’s story was amazing. He was born with some delayed development. The family believed Tersoo was not a human being. When we heard about Tersoo we got him and to the glory of God Tersoo is walking. He is the only child in the centre that can walk.

“That’s the reason we’re partnering with the Ministry of Health and national human rights. We are awakening them to these responsibilities. We are calling them to do the needful, to give us the environment that will lead the children to live normal lives,” she said.

Chairman, Board of Trustees, Yes Kids Development Initiative, Barrister Gabriel Iorsase said efforts were on to provide educational needs of children with celebral palsy. “We want to draw the attention of government to what needs to be done for the kids, especially while in school. We try to look at the curriculum for the schools and we are of the view that much, much more needs to be done to address the need of the class of this category of children.”


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