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The President, Down Syndrome Foundation of Nigeria (DSFN), Mrs Rose Mordi, has called for the establishment of institutions for training of health personnel in the management of various disabilities in human life.

She made the call in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday in Lagos.

She said that Federal Government could empower health personnel through training to be abreast with new technologies in the health system.

She added that to effectively manage, groom, educate and nurture someone with disability, it required some particular skills peculiar to the disability, which evolved by the day.

She explained that health personnel who take care of persons with disabilities required regular training to be up-to-date with new trends and technologies in the management of disabilities to impact positively on them.

According her, there is need for more institutions where the health personnel, including the educators, will be trained in different disability specialty for efficient service delivery to the society.

She noted that “due to the lack of adequate and regular training, most disability management personnel are still operating with the old and obsolete knowledge they acquired many years ago.

“The world is changing, new trends and technologies evolve on daily basis and the disability subsector should not be left behind.

“People with disabilities are also human beings with extraordinary talent, yet, they are too often forgotten. When people with disabilities are denied opportunities, they are more likely to fall into poverty and people living in conditions of poverty are more likely to develop disabilities.

“Therefore, managing and caring for them through well trained/skilled personnel will help them to reach their full potential in life.

“But with the obsolete knowledge, it will be difficult for personnel to deliver and impact positively on the people that needed their services.”

Mordi listed the common disabilities found in the society to include vision impairment, deaf or hard to hear, mental health conditions, intellectual disability, acquired brain injury, autism spectrum disorder and physical disability.

She stressed that health personnel should be trained to be specialty in the different categories of disabilities for optimum performance, saying that majority of children with developmental/intellectual disorders do not have access to care.

“Childhood developmental disorders and disabilities are growing challenge to healthcare systems around the globe.

“This means that a stable, protective and emotionally supportive environment should be set up by parents and caregivers that promote child’s good health and learning.

“Given the additional challenges that they experience, parents of children with developmental disorders or delays particularly downsyndrome should be specifically supported in providing nurturing care,” he said.

She emphasised the need for government to keep monitoring and reviewing programmes of institutions to ensure that they did not perform below standards.

She said that in addition to training, personnel who manage persons with disabilities could as well be sent abroad from time to time for further training and knowledge upscaling.

Edited by: Olawunmi Ashafa/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu

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