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Minister Akbar Pleads For To The Mentally And Physically Disabled

Minister Akbar Pleads For To The Mentally And Physically Disabled
May 08
08:04 2015

Rosy Akbar, is pleading with families of mentally challenged people on the streets to come forward and take them home.

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation made this plea during the handover of Brother brand office equipment by Telecom Fiji to nine non-government organisations earlier this week.

“In my short time with the ministry, I have come to realise how our families regard the mentally and physically disabled people.

“Majority of patients in St Giles Hospital do not get the family support they desperately need. They have lost that important connection to their family. Sadly I have seen some of them exposed to very bad conditions in Suva and other areas. My plea to families is to come forward and take them in,” Ms Akbar said.

She said this kind act could be a start in restoring life back to these mentally and physically disabled people.

“I do hope that you champion inclusion of disabled persons in your organisations. Such approach contributes positively to self-reliance livelihoods and not a life of begging and dependency. We can make a difference by working together to achieve a common prosperity and changing our social landscape.”

Meanwhile, Telecom Fiji’s chief executive Mothilal De Silva said the handover of equipment to the charitable organisations who served the needy segments of the Fijian society was a worthy gesture.

“I believed it will improve the efficiency of your operation, bringing happiness to thousands of Fijian lives,” Mr De Silva said.




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