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Wheelchair Injects New Life For Elderly Couple

Wheelchair Injects New Life For Elderly Couple
Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Veena Bhatnagar and her staff gave a wheelchair to Shri Nand as his wife Bimal Wati smiles in Siberia, Labasa on August 26, 2018. Photo: Shratika Naidu
August 28
10:00 2018

An elderly couple is grateful for the donation of a wheelchair by the Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Veena Bhatna­gar.

For 16 years Shri Nand was de­prived of mobility, but that handi­cap has now ended after he was handed a wheelchair on Sunday.

The 72-year-old of Siberia, Labasa had been bedridden after he suf­fered from stroke three times.

His wife, Bimla Wati, 62, was emo­tional and breathed a sigh of relief when Mrs Bhatnagar visited them.

“I went to so many places asking for wheelchair assistance, however it was only when Mrs Bhatnagar visited my place last month that I requested her for help,” Mrs Wati said.

“After one month’s time she re­turned and we are forever grateful to her. Life without an aid for mobil­ity is most difficult.

“Now that my husband can move anywhere in the house, he will be encouraged to live his life and do something to keep his mind busy.”

When Mrs Bhatnagar visited the couple on Sunday he was in tears and couldn’t stop thanking her.

Mr Nand said I was once a sugar­cane farm labourer, vegetable farm­er and fisherman.

“I worked hard with my wife to raise three children and build a house,” he said.

“When it was time for me to enjoy my life my freedom of movement was stolen.

“My wife faces a lot of struggles. She goes to town to collect the social welfare assistance to buy food and diapers for me.

“She has a small poultry farm and whatever money she gets she uses it on the family.”

Mrs Bhatnagar distributed a total of seven wheelchairs in the Macu­ata and Bua provinces.

“It was during one of the talanoa sessions in Labasa when I came to know about a few people with disabilities and elderly in need of wheelchairs,” Mrs Bhatnagar said.

“It was then I decided to help them out.

The FijiFirst Government is com­passionate about all Fijians, senior citizens, women and children.

“Basically we are here to ful­fil our obligations and duties.”

Edited by Percy Kean


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