By Mosope Kehinde
In an effort to make physically challenged children in Oyo State feel the mood of the festive season, the Physiotherapy Department of the University College Hospital, UCH Ibadan has organized a Christmas party for over four hundred beneficiaries.
Our correspondent reports that the event, which was held at UCH Ibadan, was an annual get-together for physically challenged children, which was initiated over fifty years ago.
Director, Physiotherapy Department, UCH, Ibadan, Mrs Muibat Akintayo, however, used the opportunity of the occasion to appeal to governments at all levels to implement policies that uplift the living standard of people with disability in the country.
Mrs Akintayo said it was imperative for the physically challenged to have easy access to public buildings, advocating their inclusion in the national health insurance scheme of the federal government.
While speaking on some of the causes of deformity in children, Mrs Akintayo highlighted meningitis, jaundice, and tractions during child delivery as some of the most common health conditions that are responsible for deformity in children in recent times.
Chairperson of the planning committee, Mrs Oyinlola Kehinde said the event was to help the children feel a sense of belonging during the festive season and to raise awareness on the need for members of the public to care for them..
Two parents, Mrs Awelewa Temitope and Mrs Okome Folorunso, were elated with the quality of gifts and hospitality given to the children and showered encomium on the Physiotherapy Department for the yearly gesture.
Different gift items including crutches and toys were presented to beneficiaries.