4% of Ebonyi population living with disabilities – NPC

The National Population Commission Ebonyi state Wednesday said that 2% of Nigerians between ages of 15 and above have difficulty or cannot function in at least one realm of disability such as seeing, hearing, communicating, walking etc.

Federal Commissioner of National Population Commission (NPC) in the state, Darlington Okereke stated this in Abakaliki, in a public presentation of 2018 report on Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS).

He said that the data on disability would be of significance to the Social Development Statistics in planning for the well-being of persons living with disabilities in the country.

“It is our hope that at the end of this official launch of the 2018 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey report, policy makers, relevant government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, the organized private sector and other data end-users will take this report as call to action, study it very carefully and use the data to identify priority action areas”, Okereke said.

Governor Dave Umahi who was represented by Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala, said the report would help policy makers and government to carry out their responsibilities.

He said that other previous NDHS published has help  the federal and state governments in taking decisions in dissemination of health facilities in line with areas of needs.

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