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Submitted by Jafaru O. Mahmud, PhD on

BROADENING THE SCOPE OF CONTRIBUTION TN IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PWDS
I commend the initiator(s) of this platform. The problems/challenges faced by the PwDs need to be broadcast more. I am quite excited that the initial thinking that its only a medical problem is beginning to give way to a more comprehensive thinking that gives room for other professionals to contribute towards improving the quality of life for PWds. After the wounds are healed(for those whose condition are created by accidents/sicknesses), the management becomes more than what the Medics and paramedics can handle alone. The lack of this understanding leads to abandonment or outright rejection of assistive devices procured to ease their condition.
Fifteen percent of any population is large. When you compute the others who have to sacrifice their regular activities just to care for a loved one, the number will certainly be higher and this can impact on the families involved greatly, especially as they cannot find jobs easily and their educational levels are quite low(for a greater part of them). Consequently some resort to begging (This is quite common in some parts of Africa).
As much as technology could help hem, we need to step up better frameworks for the design of assistive devices, i.e setting up proper design specifications that is inclusive of their input.