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“Open special COVID-19 centres for people with disability”

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Panaji: Disability Rights Association of Goa (DRAG) on Saturday has urged Goa government to set open Special COVID-19 centres in each district for persons with disability and their family members.

DRAG is a NGO working for the cause of differently abled people in the state.

“We are receiving complaints from persons with disability and their family members that the COVID hospitals and care centres are not accessible for persons with disability, the staff are not sensitized to handle persons with disability and the family members are not allowed to stay with the special children,” DRAG Chief Avelino De Sa has said in a letter written to State Commissioner for Persons with Disability.

“We request you to direct concerned authorities to open special COVID centres (one in each district) of atleast 15 beds capacity for persons with disability and their family members,” the DRAG said.

De Sa said that the COVID centres should be accessible for persons with disability, should have accessible toilets and parking facilities and should have oxygen and ventilator facilities and family members should be allowed to stay with the special children.

“We also request you to direct the concerned authorities to prioritize vaccinations for persons with disability in the age group of 18 to 45 years and provide home vaccinations for persons with disability who have no one to take them to the health centre,” the letter adds.

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