AMSWON calls for end to discrimination against disabled, ex-convicts

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The Association of Medical Social Workers of Nigeria (AMSWON), Oyo State chapter, has called for the abolition of all forms of stigmatisation and discrimination against ex-convicts, disabled and physically challenged persons in the country.

The association also, Thursday donated a trolley for the up-keep of patients at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.

Speaking at an event to mark the World Social Work Day, which was globally celebrated on Tuesday, the state chairperson of AMSWON, Mrs Temilola Umar, disclosed that the donation was part of its contributions to put smiles on the faces of the needy.

Umar, who is also the head of Medical Social Services, later led her colleagues on various advocacy visits.

Among those visited were the Chief Medical Director of UCH Prof. Temitope Alonge and other departments in the hospital.

She informed them that the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) was marked on Tuesday, as a Social Work day, aimed at creating awareness about the social work profession across the globe.

Presenting the trolley to the CMD, on behalf of her colleagues, Umar said the importance the day, which has the theme “Promoting the Dignity and Worth of People,” was to upgrade the status of people, especially the stigmatised.

She described as unfortunate, the treatment of people on their facial value, and not on the basis of what value they can add to the society.

“Many people don’t want to associate with ex-convicts, they don’t want to employ disable people, all because they are looking at containers and not the content.”

“We must respect the dignity of persons across the country, that is why we don’t generalise in social work, we use our professional ethics to treat patients, based on their uniqueness,” she said.



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