NGO appeals to govt for children with special needs
Mrs Baerbel Jaja, an Administrator with the Hope House Initiative, an NGO, has urged governments at all levels to give financial assistance to parents of children with special needs.
Jaja made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.
The administrator said such assistance should be given from birth till when the children were 30 months old.
She identified children with special needs to include autistic children and those with Down syndrome, among others.
She expressed displeasure over the way some parents with those challenges neglected the children due to shame.
Jaja further blamed such neglect by parents on ignorance of where exactly to get solutions to their wards’ health challenge.
She added that “there is ability in disability; parents should be bold to take their children with such abnormalities to centres where they can get succour.’’
The administrator further called for concerted efforts of ministries of health, education, social welfare and women affairs in assisting parents with such burden.
According to her, if the children are properly cared for, they can equate themselves with other children with normal conditions at all levels in life.
“The Ministry of Health, education, social welfare and women affairs should come together and ensure that assistance are given to parents of children with special needs.
“Like during antenatal period if these special needs children are detected by healthcare providers and psychiatrist is needed , government should take up the financial responsibilities as it was being done by the U.S. government.”
NAN reports that Hope House Initiative is a therapy centre for children with learning difficulties and also geared toward giving life skills to persons with special needs-both children and adult.
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