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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

China donates 121 shower wheelchairs for disabled persons

The Government of the People’s Republic of China has made a donation of 121 shower wheelchairs in Port Louis today. The wheelchairs will be distributed by the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions amongst disabled persons, including children.


The donation ceremony was graced by the presence of the Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions, Mrs Sheila Bappoo, and the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, Mr Li Li.

A shower wheelchair is designed for a disabled person who uses a wheelchair as their primary means of moving around and has an accessible shower. This type of wheelchair is of great help as it is easier to use than a shower bench or seat in the shower. The wheelchair is waterproof and rust proof to ensure durability as well as lightweight to make it easier to use.

In her address, Minister Bappoo pointed out that the mission of Government is to give every disabled person the best opportunity to live life at its fullest. The mobility autonomy by itself can be regarded as a turning point towards independency and self-reliance, which is one of the essential steps in their development, she added.

It is the responsibility of the whole society, and not only for Government to give all available opportunities to persons with disabilities without any reservation, she said.  Minister Bappoo also expressed her appreciation towards China for showing immense sensibility towards disabled persons.

According to the Minister, this donation of wheelchairs will bring immeasurable happiness to many disabled persons and their families. In a bid to empower families of disabled persons, Mrs Bappoo announced the setting up of a Parents’ Empowerment Programme by the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Reform Institutions. She also requested the support of China in the setting up of a university for the elderly.  

For his part, Mr Li Li, stated that he expected the 121 wheelchairs donated today will serve the purpose and fulfill the basic needs of the beneficiaries and improve their living conditions.

In many countries, disabled persons are often victims of discrimination, he underlined, adding that it is not the case in Mauritius where Government is doing its best to create an inclusive society.

Source : Republic of Mauritius , 27th May 2014

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