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Akbar Launches Programme To Develop Special Needs Group

Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar has called for the support of a programme by the Indian High Commission to develop disabled persons through advanced technology. “This very
01 Aug 2017 13:20
Akbar Launches Programme To Develop Special Needs Group
Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar with members of the Lavina Dance Group from Maharastra in India and students at the Sigatoka Special School on July 31, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar has called for the support of a programme by the Indian High Commission to develop disabled persons through advanced technology.

“This very unique and critical programme aims to provide the development of our children and all those living with special needs,” Ms Akbar said.

Ms Akbar made the comments yesterday during the official opening of the Indian Cultural Programme with the theme: Treat People with Disability with the Help of Advance Medical Management and Making them Able at the Sigatoka Special School.

She said the Government was genuinely committed to have a barrier free society in Fiji through legislation which provided equal rights to all women and men with disabilities.

“And in fact these individuals are very special as they have great talent to develop our society and our nation,” Ms Akbar said.

She conveyed her appreciation to the Indian High Commissioner Vishvas Sapkal in initiating the programme that recognizes the need for a collaborative effort to promote the empowerment of persons living with special needs.

“We are truly indebted to the Indian Government for its continued partnership for the development of the Fijian economy and its people,” Ms Akbar said.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is supporting the event, partnering with Sahyadri Specialty Pacific Hospitals Limited Fiji and the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation to provide free screening of the persons living with special needs at different locations around Fiji.

A medical team was yesterday screening the patients in orthopaedic deformity and ophthalmology problems and a cultural dance team from the Sahyadri Specialty Pacific Hospitals Limited Fiji.

Ms Akbar thanked the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) sponsored Reshma Paritekar Lavani group for doing their folk dance performances all over Fiji in this awareness campaign.

She also thanked the medical team led by Professor Manu Munibhargava for conducting free screening for the persons with disability.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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