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Lack Of Data On Disability

  Data collection and statistics for people living with disabilities is one of the resources the Ministry of Health and Medical Services is lacking. However, Permanent    Secretary for Health
22 May 2016 10:00
Lack Of Data On Disability

 

Data collection and statistics for people living with disabilities is one of the resources the Ministry of Health and Medical Services is lacking.

However, Permanent    Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr Meciusela Tuicakau told the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence on Friday that if the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was ratified it would assist them in data collection.

He said the ministry needed to consider Article 31 under the convention which was the statistics and data collection.

“It is a very important guide to the ministry; developing new programmes and maintaining existing programmes for persons with disabilities,” Dr Tuicakau said.

He said if the convention was ratified; the Government and the ministry would make commitments in implementing programmes to strengthen existing services for persons with disabilities.

“There are going to be cost implications in terms of relevant articles in the convention; one of the areas is accessibility where the ministry has made sure that all facilities are accessible to people with disabilities,” he said.

Dr Tuicakau said it would also assist scientific research in implementing policies for people living with disabilities through international co-operation as stated on Article 32 of the convention.

Government MP, Alexander O’Connor requested if the ministry could take into consideration providing accommodation for people who are caregivers to family members admitted at various rehab centres like in Tamavua.

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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