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Akbar Visits St Giles

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar, made a special visit to the St Giles Hospital community yesterday. The Minister urged families to show responsibilities towards their
02 May 2015 08:58
Akbar Visits St Giles
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar (right) donates cooking utensils to St Giles Hospital senior domestic assistant Maika Moce. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar, made a special visit to the St Giles Hospital community yesterday.

The Minister urged families to show responsibilities towards their loved ones.

The meeting was held to discuss and address issues concerning mentally challenged and homeless people who are prominently seen on the streets.

“Mentally challenged people are not accepted by their family members because they are already burdened with their own responsibilities and they tend to neglect them. This is something bothering me and my ministry,” Ms Akbar said.

The Minister said she had encountered many new faces on the streets who were forced to beg for survival because their families did not support them.

“This is a growing social problem that we need to tackle and I believe that the demand for service is increasing and it is sad to say that many of the mentally challenged members are not accepted by their families. We have plans for them and will be working towards this.”

Meanwhile the chairperson of the St Giles Hospital Board of Visitors, Elizabeth Dass, helped the Minister and chief guest present aid to the mentally challenged people.

She said they had donated equipment worth $4000 that will be used by the patients in the future.

“We have donated tea pots, tents, table tennis and TV for the patients. It will benefit them and I hope they make good use of it,” she said.

The Minister was happy with the initiative take by the Board of Visitors.

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