State takes lead role

THE Fijian Government works for people living with disabilities in the country.

This was highlighted by the permanent secretary for the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Josefa Koroivueta, while speaking at the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Suva yesterday.

Dr Koroivueta said the Government made a commitment and yardstick mileage to ensuring the empowerment of people living with disabilities.

“The instrument to make it happen has already been given to us. We have the Disability Act which was passed in Parliament this year,” Dr Koroivueta said.

“We now have a implementation plan. We also have a strategic plan in place and the process of consultation is going on. There is dedicated budget made by the Government for disabilities provider organisations.

“This year, there will be the establishment of the Western Disability Centre and the implementation framework to ensure that the Disability Act is actually implemented, measured and monitored to ensure that what we have done will show results.”

He said there were many forms of disabilities in the country.

“We have people with mental, physical, spiritual disabilities and others within this landscape,” he said.

“We have to tackle this in a careful considered manner to ensure that there is equality, inclusiveness and to make sure that there is no discrimination.”

Yesterday’s event also provided a platform for the launch of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2018.

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