Sunday, January 24, 2021

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities was observed today at Wangsel Institute for Deaf at Paro. The event was graced by His Excellency the Prime Minister, Her Excellency the Health Minister, UN Resident coordinator, the UNDP Representative and the WHO Representative. The theme this year was “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 World”.The day aims at promoting an understanding of disability issues and mobilizing support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.Speaking at the event His Excellency the Prime Minister offered appreciation to Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen: Royal Patron championing the cause on PWDs with passion and affection in the country and further emphasized that we need to understand that disability issues cross-cuts across various sectors. For instance, MoH has the responsibility for making healthcare services accessible and inclusive, the MoWHS/MoIC has the responsibility of making transport facilities and infrastructures accessible and disable-friendly, and likewise, MoE has the responsibility of making education accessible and inclusive to People living With Disabilities. But, without the collaboration and cooperation of all relevant stakeholders, achieving accessibility and inclusion will remain just a concept.During the event, National Assistive Product for Bhutan was also launched. Later in the evening, a live program including experiences sharing and challenges faced by persons with disabilities will be aired on national television.

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