GIS - 26 July, 2018: A total of 35 wheelchairs have been donated yesterday to several disabled persons’ organisations and handicapped individuals during a ceremony in As Suffa Hall in Cité Martial in Port Louis, at the initiative of the MauBank. The Minister of Health and Quality of Life, Dr Anwar Husnoo, the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and family Welfare, Mrs Roubina Jadoo-Jaunbocus, as well as the Chief Executive Officer of the MauBank, Mr Sridhar Nadarajhan, were present.
In his address, Dr Anwar Husnoo lauded the initiative of the MauBank which he said will enhance the lives of needy people. He acknowledged that living with a disability is challenging both for the handicapped person as well as for the family. According to him, caring for a disabled family member may increase stress, take a toll on mental and physical health, and affect decisions about work, education/training, having additional children, and relying on public support. The needs of disabled individuals also fluctuate throughout their lifespan and may involve emotional, social, and financial issues, he pointed out.
The Minister of Health and Quality of Life underlined that as a caring Government sensitive to the plight of vulnerable and needy people, several measures have been initiated to lessen their burden as well as enhance their quality of life. They include: doubling the assistance for wheelchairs, hearing aids, spectacles and dentures to Rs 30 million; full duty exemption on the purchase of a motor car of engine capacity of up to 1,600 cc to increase the mobility of disabled persons; provision for easier access for disabled persons to public buildings; provision of transport for disabled children studying at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels; and children aged below 15 years now benefit from a monthly pension.
For her part, the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Roubina Jadoo-Jaunbocus, highlighted that the MauBank offers a wide choice of financing and transactional facilities as well as soft loans and incentives to meet the requirements of small and medium enterprises and women entrepreneurs, amongst others. The government, she stated, is also providing several initiatives for women and children in distress such as the provision of a new shelter at Pointe Aux Sables at a cost of Rs 60 million to support the rehabilitation and reintegration process of children in distress and upgrading of shelters.
The associations which have benefitted from the donation of wheelchairs include: Islamic Centre for Disabled Persons, Mauritius Islamic Mission Day Care Centre, Century Welfare Association, Foyer Trochetia, World Islamic Mission, Gayasingh Ashram, and Sun Integrated Unit. Wheelchairs have also been handed over to some 15 individual disabled persons.
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