TOM 01 | Visual Impairment in Nigeria – Employment viewpoint

The Topic of the Month (TOM) is visual impairment in Nigeria from employment standpoint. Living with visual impairment or/and any kind of impairment is a challenge in most African nations, but in Nigeria it’s a different kind of challenge. Last week, I was talking to a friend and brought up this topic and his first respond was ‘’those that aren’t impaired, don’t have a job. What make you think those that can’t get around without aid, can get one?’’.

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National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention month

Every year, July is the National Cleft and Craniofacial awareness and prevention month because of the high prevalence. Cleft and craniofacial anomalies are birth defects that affect the lips, palate and other conditions of the head and face. Congenital anomalies (birth defects) affect 2-3% of all babies and remain one of the major causes of mortality and morbidity among infants and children respectively.

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Cord Blood Awareness Month

This month is cord blood awareness, several people have no idea what it means (me included, until recently). Cold blood is important in the treatment of most genetic and hematopoietic disorders. Cord blood (Umbilical cord blood) is blood that remains in the placenta and in the attached umbilical cord after childbirth. It contain stem cells which can be used to treat genetic disorders, hence the reason behind the collection of the cord blood, after birth.

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Questions People with Disabilities Don’t Like Being Asked By Strangers.

Being disabled comes with a lot of challenges, stigma, pointing fingers or head gestures, misinterpretations, weird eye contacts among others. These things are common and I’m used to it, the only thing that I find irritating and annoying are the useless questions people asked most of the time. Someone will ask me, what happened to your leg? Why are you walking like that? Doesn’t it pain you, The way you walk? Why can’t you use a mobility scooter or I think a mobility scooter will be better for you and easier.

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