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NCPWD Launches Multisectoral Committee on Assistive Technology Advancement in Nigeria

Dr. James David Lalu spearheads initiative to revolutionize access to assistive devices for Persons with Disabilities nationwide

In a landmark move to address the pressing need for enhanced Assistive Technology (AT) solutions across Nigeria, Dr. James David Lalu, the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, has inaugurated a distinguished team of experts tasked with driving innovation and accessibility in the production and distribution of assistive devices.

The inauguration ceremony took place today, March 19th, 2024, in Abuja, drawing together representatives from key sectors including the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), the National Orientation Agency (NOA), the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), as well as the Federal Ministries of Education and Housing and Urban Development.

Addressing the assembly, Dr. Lalu outlined the Committee’s mandate, emphasizing the critical role it will play in advancing access to appropriate assistive technology solutions for Persons with Disabilities across the nation. He underscored the significance of this initiative as a pivotal step towards achieving self-sufficiency in AT production while adhering to universal standards.

“This marks a historic milestone in our nation’s journey towards empowering Persons with Disabilities with the right assistive devices tailored to their specific needs,” remarked Dr. Lalu. He emphasized the importance of leveraging the expertise of professionals such as physiotherapists, radiologists, and otolaryngologists to ensure the efficacy and safety of assistive technologies.

Dr. Lalu also highlighted the prevailing challenges in the availability of assistive devices in the market, noting that many fail to meet the scientific and medical requirements of users and may even exacerbate medical conditions if improperly utilized. The establishment of the Committee, he affirmed, will facilitate the revitalization of rehabilitation centers nationwide and enforce stringent quality assurance measures through robust monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.

In a supportive response, Dr. John Ovuoraye, Director of Gender Adolescence at the Federal Ministry of Health, lauded the Commission’s efforts and underscored the transformative impact of the task team on the healthcare landscape. He emphasized the critical need for clear communication channels, particularly for persons with deafness, highlighting the indispensable role of sign language interpreters in facilitating access to medical care.

Expressing unwavering commitment to collaboration, Dr. Ovuoraye pledged the Ministry’s full support in ensuring the holistic well-being of Persons with Disabilities, emphasizing the readiness to provide assistance whenever needed.

As the nation embarks on this visionary endeavor to revolutionize access to assistive technology, the inauguration of the Multisectoral Committee signals a new era of innovation, inclusivity, and empowerment for Persons with Disabilities nationwide.

By Mbanefo J.I, Head Press and Public Relations Unit, NCPWD, March 19, 2024.

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