Kathmandu, August 9: Health Minister Girirajmani Pokhrel has said the constitution has incorporated many issues concerning the people with disabilities.
Speaking at the ‘first disability-related national review and plans formulation seminar’ organised by the Leprosy Control Division here today, the Health Minister said individuals and organisations working in the area of disability had significant contribution to ensuring the inclusion of such issues in the constitution.
Health and education issues of the people with disabilities should be treated differently and distinctively, as he said. “”Stereotypical mentality towards the disabled must be changed.””
Also speaking on the occasion, Health Secretary Dr Kiran Regmi said disability is a special condition and it must be treated accordingly. The five-fold increase in the budget allocation to the Division was just to say that the government was becoming serious towards the issues of disabled.
Department of Health Services, Deputy Director General and Division Director Chudamani Bhandari said the objective of the programme was to share information about the government 10-year action plan (2073-82 BS) regarding the disability management with stakeholders concerned.
According to the 2011 national census, persons with disabilities make up some 1.94 per cent (5.1 million) of the total country population. Representatives from 46 organisations are participating in the three-day programme.
Disability management policy, strategy and 10-year action plan, promotional health services for the disabled, their rehabilitation, capacity enchantment, among others are the agenda of discussions of the programme. RSS