NGO Advocates For Training Of Persons With Disabilities On Reproductive Health

Disability Journey Initiative, an NGO, has urged government, NGOs and stakeholders to train persons living with disabilities on their reproductive health needs to enable them to live productive lives.
The founder of the organisation, Mr Greg Simon, made the call in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday, in Abuja.
Simon said most people living with disabilities were ignorant of their reproductive health rights and needed to be educated, depending on the peculiarity of their disability.
He added that enlightening them would help to reduce cases of sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancies, as well as HIV and AIDS transmission among them.
He explained that some persons with disabilities avoid health centres because of lack of knowledge, thereby missing out on valuable information on their health needs.
Simon urged NGOs on women groups, and reproductive health organisations should assist by organising trainings on the use of contraceptives, family planning methods, tips on pregnancy and breastfeeding, sexually transmitted diseases, among others, for them.
He added that health care providers such as doctors, nurses, midwives, should also be trained to have adequate knowledge on the special needs of persons living with disabilities.

Release Date: 
Friday, December 15, 2017