The National President of the Association of Women With Disabilities Initiative (AWDDI), Mrs Patience Ogolo, on Wednesday appealed to government to make health facilities accessible to women with disabilities.

She made an appeal in Abuja, explaining that for women with disabilities, access to health care should be made more comprehensive.

Ogolo said health centres should have infrastructures that make access to such facilities easier to access for the group.

“Low self-esteem is part of our biggest problem because of our disability.

“We also have reproductive health needs.

“People look at us and say, do we need to talk about reproductive health issues?

“No matter what, you have to provide for me when it comes to my reproductive health according to my state of health.

“That is why anywhere we go to, we also advocate for accessible facilities”·

Ogolo dismissed the notion that women with disabilities lack reproductive health needs.

 According to her, issues of dependency on parents and family members would be reduced to its barest minimum when women with disabilities are empowered.

She appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to sign the National Disability Bill into law.

“Once, the President assents to this bill, most of the challenges that we face will be surmounted and we get a new lease of life,” she said.

The national president said that government had not been fair to persons with disabilities, adding that the group needed to have a sense of belonging.

She said that people with disabilities must start enjoying their rights, stressing the need to create equal opportunities for all Nigerians.

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