Sierra Leone Union Of Polio Neglected
The Sierra Leone Union of Polio has made strides to let government and general public know that they are being marginalized and treated cruelly, they have vowed to do everything humanly possible to let the nation and the whole world know about their plight.
Mohamed Alicious Kamara who is the Public Relation Officer for the Union told Sierra Express Media that the level of marginalization and inhuman treatment meted out on them is unbearable saying the government has turned blind eyes on them which he described as completely unacceptable.
We are therefore making a call on government to see reason, that people affected with polio are also part of the population of Sierra Leone and equal treatment must be given to them in recognition of their situation.
He made mention of the forceful and untimely eviction from what used to be their lodging by the Freetown City Council as inconsiderate. “Removing our colleagues from various government dwelling places they occupied without providing alternatives or giving them time to organize themselves is cruel” Kamara said; “anywhere you go now, you see people affected with polio strewn about in the Street which is very sickening to the association” he added.
The Public Relations Officer reported that his colleagues in the Street are now susceptible to a lot of sicknesses as a result of the action of the Freetown City Council.Â Â Alicious Kamara opined that the Union is completely displeased with the spate of neglect meted on them as many of the places they occupied have now been raised to the ground and their colleagues left in the open with nothing absolutely to manage their lives by no less a person but government that is suppose to be taking care of them.
Alhassan Sesay also a member of the Union told Sierra Express that disability does not signify inability and that what government should have done was to offer them the opportunity to be trained in a trade and have those that cannot undergo the training under care instead of leaving them to rot on the street.
He reiterated that they have organized themselves with respect to the coming observance of World Polio Day where it is expected that stake holders will be called upon to dialogue with them, the victims, so that solutions are offered to the many problems they currently are having.
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