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Group Workshop Targets Disability

Group Workshop Targets Disability
Tomasi Waqawai with his grandfather Vereti Waqawai at Nagigi on November 14, 2018. Photo: Yogesh Chandra
August 27
15:13 2014

Children and adults around Lautoka had the opportunity to own new wheelchairs or get their old ones repaired.

This was made possible through a partnership between the Fiji National University (FNU), Spinal Injury Association, Spinal Injury Association and the Cerebral Polsy Alliance from Sydney, Australia.

A training workshop is being held at the Lautoka Special School where the team will be at the school until August 29.

According to the FNU, Physiotherapy Co-ordinator for the School of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Maria Waloki, this was their way of giving back to people living with disabilities.

“This is a wheelchair assessment programme prescription training where we train technician and also donate wheelchairs,” Ms Waloki said.

“We will also be prescribing walking sticks and crutches to those in need. This programme is being done with the assistance of Community Rehab assistants based within the disability network who have wheelchair technicians,” she said.

Group Workshop Targets Disability

Group Workshop Targets Disability

Part of training with Community Rehab assistants and technicians here is to prescribe the right kind of chair for persons with disabilities.

“Chairs that do not fit correctly can cause damage to a body and restrict people’s normal activities,” Ms Waloki said.

She said it was much safer in terms of mobility for an individual.

For Jill Maginnity, Manager International Programmes, the wheelchairs are brought from Indonesia and costs $10,000 to get 50 to Fiji.

“We want the people to get wheelchairs that are correctly fitted without any costs involved from their end,” Ms Maginnity said.


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