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Timely Wheelchair Gift For Naisua

A woman’s prayers to own a wheelchair has been answered by the Ministry of Women. Verenaisi Naisua, 59, of Nailaga Village in Ba was overwhelmed when she was presented the
27 Jan 2015 15:26
Timely Wheelchair Gift For Naisua

A woman’s prayers to own a wheelchair has been answered by the Ministry of Women.

Verenaisi Naisua, 59, of Nailaga Village in Ba was overwhelmed when she was presented the gift.

She cried with joy, when the Minister, Rosy Akbar, and Permanent Secretary Dr Josefa Koroivueta entered her home in Ba, last week.

After suffering from diabetes, Mrs Naisua had to have one of her legs had to be amputated. Since then, Mrs Naisua searched for a wheelchair to help her move about.

Mrs Naisua is also assisted through the social welfare’s Poverty Benefit Scheme.

“I am so delighted with this present given to me by Madam Minister. I am touched by the care and compassion she has expressed towards people with disabilities,” she said

“Having an amputation is a painful experience, however, I have not let this physical disability steal my happiness.

“I believe that disabled people can still use their skills and strengths to earn a living for themselves.”

She now intends to sell home-made products like brooms by the road.

Minister Akbar impressed upon the Nailaga women to be mindful of their health.

“Diabetes, as you would be aware, is one the growing concerns in Fiji and women in particular need to pay attention to their health.

“It’s important to watch your diet, get regular exercise to stay healthy and overcome non-communicable diseases,” the Minister said.

To date the ministry has provided six wheelchairs to individuals who have lost their ability to walk. One wheelchair costs at least $400.

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